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Italian Football Chief Hopes to Bring Back Fans in Stadiums Partially by Next Month

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Football returned in Italy with the Coppa Italia semi-finals, with Serie A bringing from June 20.

The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) hopes to reopen stadiums for at least a few fans during matches by next month. Italy's football matches restarted earlier this week after a three-month hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"Yesterday, we took the last step towards dispelling any doubts about the completion of the championships," FIGC President Gabriele Gravina said in an interview with Radio Deejay on Saturday.

"I'm happy but there is still one piece missing, which is the participation of the fans and I hope they can return very quickly. I hope it will be the beginning of July -- the first week or mid-July at the latest,"

"This will mean that our country has thrown off those final restrictions and that we've come out of this particularly dark moment for our country."

Football season in the country restarted on Friday with a Coppa Italia semi-final second leg, as Juventus beat AC Milan, while Napoli trumped Inter Milan in the other tie later on Saturday with the final on Wednesday. Serie A will then restart on June 20.

Serbia is already permitting fans to watch matches and Poland will allow stadiums to be filled up to 25% capacity from June 19.

(With inputs from IANS)

first published:June 14, 2020, 17:00 IST