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Italian sports leaders hopeful for early May return for Serie A

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ROME, ITALY - NOVEMBER 20: The Minister for Youth Policy and Sport, Vincenzo Spadafora attends the Social Football Summit at Olympic Stadium on November 20, 2019 in Rome, Italy. Social Football Summit is an international event focused on digital and social media marketing, brand strategy and innovation in the football industry. (Photo by Stefano Montesi - Corbis/ Getty Images)

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Italy continues its battle with the coronavirus, but authorities are already planning for the rest of the Serie A season.

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Italian sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora and federation president Gabriele Gravina have both spoken openly of a return during the first weekend in May.

It’s a bit audacious given the uncertainty of the disease’s run through the world, but it’s promising for us as people and sports fans to see someone putting a date on any semblance of normalcy.

Here’s Spadafora, from The Chronicle:

“I believe that Serie A can return on May 3. We will evaluate whether it’s played behind closed doors, or open to the public. This formula will then be added to international competitions, like the Champions League and Europa League.”

The conclusion to Serie A’s scudetto race will be interesting for once, as Lazio is a point back of Juventus with a dozen matches left each.

The sides were initially scheduled to meet on April 26.

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