Europe’s coronavirus epicentre wants Serie A priority

Italy to tell UEFA to postpone Euro 2020

2020/03/15 21:49
By Connor Andrews

Italy’s football federation has today called for the postponement of Euro 2020, citing the need to finish the Serie A season which has been disrupted by coronavirus.

Serie A became the first European league to be suspended as the coronavirus outbreak reaches severe levels across the country, with a record 368 deaths today from people who have contracted the virus.

Italian Football Federation president Gabriele Gravina today said, “we will propose that UEFA postpone the European Championship.

“We will try to get to the end of this Serie A championship because it is fairer and more correct after the many investments and sacrifices of our clubs.”

Gravina will put the proposal to UEFA during a video meeting with the 55 member associations on Tuesday, and with the tournament spread across Europe this season it’s seen as a more plausible solution.

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Unlike previous tournaments, this year's competition is to be held across multiple countries, meaning there’s no single nation funneling extortionate resources into building new stadia and infrastructure.

This would make it easier to either cancel the tournament, or delay it until winter when the corresponding African Cup of Nations take place, but sources in Italy suggest there’s ulterior motives behind the proposed postponement.

With the severity of the virus in Italy, sources suggest this is more of a delaying tactic from the Italian FA, as the rate of infections across the country show no signs of halting.

China has been able to take control of the virus through strict measures and strong preparation through previous experience with SARS, whereas Italy looks unlikely to be able to stop, and deal with, the implications of the spread of coronavirus.

Claiming the proposed postponement is needed for the Serie A season to finish, may well just be a delaying tactic as it’s going to be a long time before normality returns to Italy, and possibly Europe.

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