Serie A could finish without a champion
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.
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.
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.