Serie A matches could have fans before end of season, says Italian FA president

Officials are working on plans to reintroduce supporters while maintaining social distancing to guard against Covid-19

Serie A stadia could be set to re-open at 25 % capacity before the end of the 2019-20 season, under plans being considered by Italian Football Federation (FIGC) president Gabriele Gravina.

Italian football fans have been unable to watch matches face-to-face since early March, once the authorities initially ordered games to be played nowadays before suspending the league entirely because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Matches were cleared to resume last month, again nowadays and under strict hygiene measures, nevertheless the authorities are keen to have supporters back at the earliest opportunity.

With other organizations and workplaces opening re-opening with social distancing measures in place, so Serie A will have to follow suit if stadia are to open up again.

That would certainly mean grounds operating way below their maximum capacity, allowing for sufficient social distancing in the stands and concourses.

Gravina says he has been working closely with the scientific technical committee (CTS) to make a plan that could clear the way for fans to go back to matches in the near future.

When asked whether supporters could get back before August, Gravina told Avvenire: “We’re working to ensure that fans can go back to experiencing football in close proximity again. We’re working on percentages. As of today, we’re thinking of 25 %. The problem lies with managing flows.

“We’ll be ready to govern this process once the CTS gives us the opportunity to let fans back into stadiums.”

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The majority of Serie A clubs have completed three rounds of games considering that the restart, with Atalanta versus Napoli and Udinese’s day at Roma completing game week 29 on Thursday evening.

The authorities then hope to wrap-up the remaining 90 matches in the space of 31 days, with the Champions League and Europa League scheduled to be completed throughout August.

Juventus have won all three of their Serie A matches since the restart to remain on course for a ninth successive Scudetto. Maurizio Sarri’s side won 3-1 at Genoa on Tuesday to keep their four-point lead over Lazio, who beat Torino 2-1 on a single evening.