Seire A could go till October

first_img(REUTERS) – The Serie A season could be extended to September or October, the head of the Italian FA (FIGC) said on Sunday, warning that there could be an “avalanche of litigation” if it was not settled on the field.Serie A has been suspended since March 9 because of the coronavirus pandemic which has claimed 15,887 lives in Italy, almost a quarter of the global death total. Several club presidents have suggested that the season should be called off.“The only serious way to handle a serious emergency of this kind is to complete the 2019-2020 season competitions this year,” FIGC president Gabriele Gravina told state broadcaster RAI’s Domenica Sportiva programme.“We are working on a whole series of possible solutions to manage the situation in the best possible way.”“Could it finish in September of October? That is one hypothesis. It’s a way to avoid jeopardising not only the 2019-20 season but also the 2020-21 season.”Gravina explained that if the current season was abandoned, Italian football could suffer “an avalanche of litigation to which we would be subjected by all those who could be considered damaged in their rights and interests.”This could include teams who were relegated and those who missed out on European football next season.He added: “We would really run the risk of the championship taking place only in the courtrooms.”Last Thursday, UEFA called on leagues around Europe to complete their seasons once football is able to restart.The European governing body added that if a league was called off, its clubs might not be accepted into the Champions League and Europa League next season.Gravina added that May 17 was being considered as a possible date for a restart but stressed that this was “an hypothesis”.last_img read more

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Paul Pogba among quartet to return to Man United training ahead of Euro tie

first_img Paul Pogba in Manchester United training 1 Paul Pogba, Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones all trained with their Manchester United team-mates ahead of Thursday’s Europa League clash against Celta Vigo.Bailly and Luke Shaw were the latest to join United’s lengthy injury list when they were both forced off during Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Swansea.Shaw’s foot injury could well end his season but key defender Bailly, who limped off in the 61st minute, does not appear to have suffered any lasting damage.Neither Smalling nor Jones have featured for United since picking up knee and toe injuries respectively on England duty in mid-March.United boss Jose Mourinho has been critical of both for not making themselves available sooner and had said he did not expect either to be fit for the first leg of the Europa League semi-final in Spain.Mourinho had been faced with the prospect of having to either play Michael Carrick in the centre of defence or teenager Axel Tuanzebe.But it now looks as though he will have more options at his disposal, while Pogba’s return after missing the last two matches is more welcome news.Playmaker Juan Mata could make his first appearance since groin surgery and Marouane Fellaini, who is serving a three-match domestic ban, also comes into contention in Europe.United remain without a number of first-team players, however, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcos Rojo and Timothy Fosu-Mensah joining Shaw on the sidelines.last_img read more

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