Consiglio Federale

Coronavirus emergency: no football activities until 3 April

The Federal Council addressed all the issues relating to the suspension of football in Italy

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Coronavirus emergency: no football activities until 3 April

FIGC President Gabriele Gravina convened an extraordinary FIGC Council conference call at 14:00 CET today, with the following all taking part: Dal Pino, Marotta and Lotito on behalf of the Lega Serie A; Balata on behalf of the Lega Serie B; Ghirelli, Baumgartner and Lo Monaco on behalf of the Lega Pro; Sibilia, Acciardi, Frascà and Franchi on behalf of the Lega Nazionale Dilettanti; Tommasi, Calcagno and Gama on behalf of the athletes; Tisci, FIGC Youth Sector and School President; Mantovani, the President of the Women’s Football Division; Christillin, UEFA member on the FIFA Council; Agnelli, ECA president and a member of UEFA’s Executive Committee. Ulivieri, President of the AIAC, was invited to listen in on today's proceedings. Only Gravina, Lotito and Ghirelli were present at the FIGC’s headquarters, with the rest phoning in for the conference call.

Covid-19: corresponding measures

In introducing the item on the agenda, President Gravina reported on the discussions that have taken place with government authorities and the CONI President over the last few days. As a result of the provisions of the Prime Ministerial Decree signed on 9 March, the Council confirmed the suspension of all matches scheduled to take place across Italy until 3 April.

In view of the current situation, and also in view of the additional governmental provisions for tax and contribution relief, the Council has conferred a mandate on the FIGC President to align the provisions of the FIGC in this area and to assess and, if necessary, defer the deadline to register for the 2020/2021 football season from 22 to 30 June.

As regards the rearrangement of Serie A fixtures, and taking into account that the other Italian leagues have more room to manoeuvre with no international deadlines in place, the FIGC President proposed that the Lega Serie A make use of all available dates until 31 May.

Should the Covid-19 emergency not allow for the conclusion of the league competitions, President Gravina put forward proposals that will be discussed in the Federal Council meeting scheduled for 23 March. Without any order of priority, one option would be to not assign the Scudetto title and consequently inform UEFA of the teams who have qualified for Europe. Another would be to refer to the table as it stood up until the moment the season was interrupted. A third and final hypothesis would be to organise play-offs for the title of Champion of Italy and play-outs to decide who is relegated to Serie B.