Se­rie A could fin­ish without a cham­pion

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The Ital­ian foot­ball sea­son could fin­ish without a cham­pion if Se­rie A is stopped again be­cause of the coro­n­avirus pan­demic.

The Ital­ian fed­er­a­tion ap­proved plans for a play-off or the use of an al­go­rithm if the reg­u­lar sea­son can­not be fin­ished. Se­rie A clubs de­cided on Fri­day to ask for no cham­pion and no rel­e­ga­tions.

The lat­est plans pro­posed by FIGC Pres­i­dent Gabriele Grav­ina were ap­proved by a unan­i­mous vote. Three Se­rie A rep­re­sen­ta­tives did not take part in the vote.

“To­day, foot­ball won, we showed unity,” Grav­ina said. “Right from the start, we sup­ported the ne­ces­sity to not re­main out­side the in­ter­na­tional scene. Among the big five, four of us de­cided to fin­ish our sea­sons.

“The Lega Se­rie A is not com­ing out of this de­feated. It’s just that some of their re­quests weren’t ac­cepted be­cause they weren’t in line with what we de­cided last month.”

Se­rie A has been sus­pended since March 9. It is sched­uled to re­sume on June 20 and fin­ish on Au­gust 2.

There are 12 rounds re­main­ing, plus four matches that were post­poned in the 25th round.

Ju­ven­tus, who are bid­ding for a record-ex­tend­ing ninth straight Se­rie A ti­tle, has a one-point ad­van­tage over Lazio. Third-placed In­ter Mi­lan are nine points be­hind Ju­ven­tus but have played a match less.

The for­mat of the play-offs, in­clud­ing the num­ber of teams in­volved, is yet to be fi­nal­ized.

“We still haven’t de­cided on the de­tails but we will do so be­fore the sea­son starts, to­gether with the Lega Se­rie A,” Grav­ina said.

“I think it will be a use­less task be­cause I hope that the sea­son will fin­ish nor­mally.”

If matches can­not be held be­cause of time re­stric­tions or the pan­demic wors­ens, play­offs are the pre­ferred op­tion to de­ter­mine the fi­nal stand­ings. If an al­go­rithm is nec­es­sary, there will be no cham­pion un­less it is math­e­mat­i­cally cer­tain at the point the sea­son is stopped again.

The fi­nal points tally of each team, added to the cur­rent stand­ings, will be based on their av­er­age points from home and away matches, mul­ti­plied by the num­ber of re­main­ing home and away matches.

AP

Tyson Fury (right) of Eng­land lands a right to Deon­tay Wilder dur­ing a WBC heavy­weight cham­pi­onship box­ing match on Satur­day Fe­bru­ary 22, 2020, in Las Ve­gas.

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In­ter Mi­lan’s Stefan de Vrij (left) and Ju­ven­tus’ Cris­tiano Ron­aldo bat­tle for the ball dur­ing a Se­rie A match at the Al­lianz Sta­dium in Turin, Italy, on Sun­day, March 8.

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