Football stadiums in Italy could soon be open at 75% capacity as the Italian government looks to ease COVID restrictions on public gatherings.

This according to today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, who report that the government will base its decision on the epidemiological data on infection rates following the reopening of schools.

The return of fans to stadiums has been a welcome development for Inter and for other football clubs, with players able to perform in front of an atmospheric crowd once again having had to play in empty grounds for more than a full season.

However, while the return of fans to stadiums at 50% capacity has been a boon to clubs financially compared to the previous situation, it is still not enough especially given the deepened economic problems brought on by lack of revenue from the pandemic.

The new capacity regulations could go into effect for Nations League fixtures in early October, and with tickets for those matches set to go on sale on September 27, a decision could be made by then.