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Serie A clubs vote to finish 2019/20 season despite coronavirus crisis

By Vincent Ashitey

Serie A clubs are unanimous in their want to finish the current campaign.

Italy has been one of the world's worst hit nations throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

It saw Serie A games played initially behind closed doors before the season was suspended.

Reports suggested Torino and Brescia wanted the campaign to be voided and an emergency meeting was held.

But it is now understood that all 20 teams believe the season should draw to a natural conclusion and are determined to finish it.

Ligue 1 and the Eredivisie have both ended their seasons in the last week, although French authorities have decided on final league standings whereas the Dutch have declared the season void.

French President Emmanuel Macron is supposedly urging other top leagues around Europe to follow suit.

But Italian football chief Gabriele Gravina is adamant that he will not cancel the season with 12 games remaining for most clubs.

Top flight outfits are due to return to training on May 18 but the country's sport minister Vincenzo Spadafora maintains that does not necessarily mean the season will return.

Juventus are currently top of Serie A with a one point lead over Lazio and Inter Milan a further eight behind.

At the other end of the table seven points separate Sassuolo in 11th from Lecce in 18th meaning plenty still rides on the campaign.

Italy have seen over 27,900 die as a result of coronavirus with over 205,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19.

The Premier League has signalled its intent to resume matches on June 8.

Leicester's 4-0 win over Aston Villa on March 9 was the competition's last game.

Even if matches do return they are likely to be played behind closed doors with some EFL clubs reportedly told that next season could begin in a similar fashion.