Italian football could return from the coronavirus suspension by the end of May, and the Coppa Italia may precede Serie A.
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“As things stand today, the Serie A campaign could not resume, but it could do in a month’s time, albeit behind closed doors and with rigorous measures,” said Giovanni Rezza, director of the Department for Infectious Diseases at the Istituto Superiore di Sanita.
Napoli leads Inter Milan 1-0 and has its second leg at home, while Juventus and Milan drew 1-1 at the San Siro. Football-Italia says the final could come shortly after or be held until deep into the summer.
Soccer will be welcomed back, even behind closed doors, but the challenges in countries hit hard by coronavirus will serve as a model for many others. Italy appears ready to be one of the first to play its hand.