FIGC President Gravina: “Playoffs Are First Solution To Maintaining Sporting Merit”

FIGC President Gravina: “Playoffs Are First Solution To Maintaining Sporting Merit”
June 8, 2020 23:00
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Italian football federation (FIGC) president Gabriele Gravina has summarised the decisions made today during the Federal Council meeting.

Gravina started by confirming playoffs are the first option in the event that the 2019/20 season is stopped again upon it resuming.

“We have established, to maintain the sporting merit, to put the playoffs as the first solution to end the season, then comes the algorithm,” he is quoted as saying by Italian news outlet FCInterNews.it.

He then went on to speak about the schedule for the remainder of the 2019/20 season, which will begin with the Coppa Italia semi finals and final.

“We will start with the Italian Cup which will be the first post-Covid-19 trophy, therefore it must be a source of pride. Serie A will start on June 20. There will be risks but we must take these into account.”

He then explained there are still some details needing decided as far as the idea of playoffs are concerned.

“If by 10-15 July it is not possible for the season to carry on, a different format will be introduced, as advocated by UEFA.

“The number of teams who will participate has not been decided but we will establish that before the start of the season but I think it is useless to do so because the season will be completed.”

He then went on to state that he believes deciding things with playoffs is far fairer than the algorithm idea.

“I think a mini-tournament is better than the algorithm, which is a simple weighted average, to establish merit on the field.

“Lega Serie A has accepted our algorithm and that takes into account the average home and away points multiplied by the matches still to be played. I hope this is also useless.”

Gravina then went on to reveal some of the sanctions some clubs could find themselves hit with in the event that they do not follow the protocol.

“Sanctions range from a fine to being docked points to being excluded from the league, in the event that there is an attitude that would alter the sporting result.”

Gravina concluded by speaking about the possibility of clubs being forced into quarantine.

“We have to have close contact with the ministers Vincenzo Spadafora¬†and¬†Roberto Speranza, as well as with the Technical Scientific Committee.”

By Cammy Anderson
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