Gabriele Gravina: Serie A season has to be settled on the field

The head of the Italian FA believes the Serie A season has to be settled on the field if they are avoid an “avalanche of litigation”.

The league season has been suspended since March 9 due to the coronavirus pandemic which has claimed over 15,000 lives in Italy.

And although several club presidents have suggested the season should be called off, FIGC president Gabriele Gravina says it must continue when it is safe to do so.

“The only serious way to handle a serious emergency of this kind is to complete the 2019-2020 season competitions this year,” Gravina told state broadcaster RAI’s Domenica Sportiva programme.

“We are working on a whole series of possible solutions to manage the situation in the best possible way.

“Could it finish in September or October? That is one hypothesis. It’s a way to avoid jeopardising not only the 2019-20 season but also the 2020-21 season.”

Gravina explained that if the current season was abandoned, Italian football could suffer “an avalanche of litigation to which we would be subjected by all those who could be considered damaged in their rights and interests”.

This could include teams who were relegated and those who missed out on European football next season.

He added: “We would really run the risk of the championship taking place only in the courtrooms.”

Last Thursday, UEFA called on leagues around Europe to complete their seasons once football is able to restart.

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