Monday night saw what had been happening for days: Italy canceled all sporting events until April 3, including Serie A. Now a big question arises: What is going to happen despite the relentless schedule?
A “red zone” is Italy, which has been found in the stranglehold of the corona virus for days and weeks. Prime Minister Guiseppe Conte announced on Monday evening during his speech, during which he also announced that all sporting events would be completely suspended by April 3 (including Serie A and Serie B). “All fans have to accept that. There is no reason to continue the competitions.”
Many Tifosi or Serie A enthusiasts will certainly understand that, although the disappointment is obviously huge – and at the same time an urgent question is burning under the fingernails: What is next?
The three-scenario plan
It is clear that the scope is limited. Because there is practically no more time between April 3, when it is not even safe to play again, and the European Championship start in Rome on June 12 (Turkey vs. Italy).
Italian media such as “La Repubblica” are already diligently speculating about the options. Three scenarios emerge here …
… 1st scenario: The EM 2020 is postponed because other countries besides Italy are also affected by the continuous spread of the corona virus. Countries such as Spain and Germany, which also play during the first pan-European championship, are always reporting new Covid 19 highs. For example, the major event could be postponed to autumn or next year – and Series A would continue to be played over the summer, which, according to the current status, sounds like an unlikely possibility.
… 2nd scenario: The entire Serie A will be canceled with the current status – and no championship title will be awarded. Only the international tickets would be given to the respective clubs, which would mean, for example, that Juve, Lazio, Inter and Atalanta would enter the Champions League group stage.
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In such a case there would be no relegation, which could lead to a short-term increase to Serie A to then 22 teams – should the Serie A aspirants be allowed to go to the upper house on the green table. In any case, this scenario also seems rather unlikely according to the current status, although it cannot be completely ruled out.
… scenario 3: Series A will end just in time on April 3, the last day of the current suspension phase, according to a strict model. That would mean that Coppa Italia is completely eliminated – and all clubs have to work every two to three days in the last few weeks of the season. English weeks for all 20 teams in the Italian upper house. A scenario that currently seems most likely.