ROME: Italian Serie A will learn the fate of the season on Thursday with a government decision awaited on whether football can resume after three months in a country hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.
Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora will hold a video conference at 6:30pm (1630GMT) with representatives of Italian football including federation (FIGC) president Gabriele Gravina and Lega Serie A chief Paolo Dal Pino.
Italian football bosses are hopeful that Italy can follow the German Bundesliga, which has already returned to the pitch, and Spain’s La Liga which prepares to kick off again on June 8.
The season has been on hold since March 9 when it was halted as coronavirus infections spread rapidly in Italy.
The pandemic has killed more than 33,000 people in the country.
Opposition has been particularly strong in Lombardy, the region most affected by the epidemic with nearly 16,000 deaths alone, and where four Serie A clubs play: Inter Milan, AC Milan, Atalanta and Brescia.
But there are strong indications that Spadafora, who just a month ago said he was “very skeptical” about the possibility of a return, will finally give the green light.
Italy have started to ease their strict lockdown measures and the daily figures have been reassuring, even if the virus is still circulating, especially in Lombardy.
The prospect of seeing Juventus and Lazio compete for the title has become acceptable again.
Italian football bosses want competition to resume on June 13, with the possibility