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    Serie A hoping to partially reopen stadiums to the public soon

    Jul 14, 2020
    PHOTO: AP

    MILAN — The Italian football league is hoping to allow fans into stadiums before the end of the season.

    All matches are being played without spectators following the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

    But a proposal to open stadiums will be sent to the Italian football federation following a videoconference between the 20 top-flight clubs and Serie A's governing body on Monday.

    "The need to partially reopen stadiums to the public as soon as possible, in full compliance with safety measures, was reiterated," Lega Serie A said in a statement. "In this regard a detailed protocol is being finalized and will be sent to FIGC President Gabriele Gravina in the next few hours, so that it can be used in discussions with the appropriate governmental institutions.

    "Lega Serie A hopes each club will be given the possibility of reopening their stadiums to a limited number of fans already in the last few rounds of this season."

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    The league also said that clubs have agreed not to cut off Sky's transmission of the matches despite the broadcaster not having paid the final instalment of money owed for this season's television rights.

    The league has told its lawyers "to reiterate to Sky the order to pay the instalment that was due in May."

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