Serie A to be banned until end of April


The Italian death toll from the disease topped 10,000 on Sunday, with some 92,000 overall cases.

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Spadafora also said he would make available 400 million euros ($A 725 million) for amateur sports hit hard by the pandemic, insisting that “sport isn’t just football, and football not only Serie A.”

The minister added that the Serie A must be ready for big changes in light of the outbreak, with many clubs facing major economic hardship due to the suspension and uncertainty when, and if, the season can resume.

“The big clubs live in a bubble, beyond their means, looking at the millionaire wages of the players. They need to understand that nothing can be like before anymore after this crisis,” he said.

On Saturday, players for champions Juventus agreed to forgo four months in salaries, amounting to some 90 million euros.

DPA