Klavan and Cagliari will face tough Serie A schedule starting June 20
On Monday, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) finalised the schedule which will be used to finish the coronavirus-blighted Serie A season, ERR's sports portal reports.
The FIGC confirmed that matches will begin on June 20 and the season will finish on August 2. There are only five football-free days in the schedule in the period June 20-July 23, with most teams playing twice per week.
Matches will mostly start at 7.30 p.m. or 9.45 p.m. local time, but some games have been scheduled to start at 5:15 p.m., which the Italian Footballers' Association (AIC) was opposed to, stating the possibility of high temperatures as the main factor.
Ragnar Klavan, captain of the Estonian national side and center back for Cagliari Calcio, currently 12th in the table, will head to Verona on June 20. Kick-off time is 10.45 p.m. Estonian time. The rest of the schedule for Cagliari looks like this:
- June 23 at SPAL (10:45 p.m. EEST)
- June 27 vs. Torino (8:30 p.m. EEST)
- July 1 at Bologna (8:30 p.m. EEST)
- July 5 vs. Atalanta (8:30 p.m. EEST)
- July 8 at Fiorentina (8:30 p.m. EEST)
- July 12 vs. Lecce (8:30 p.m. EEST)
- July 15 at Sampdoria (8:30 p.m. EEST)
- July 18 vs. Sassuolo (8:30 p.m. EEST)
- July 23 at Lazio (10:45 p.m. EEST)
The final three fixtures of the season will be confirmed at a later date.
Serie A had played 26 rounds unti lthe pandemic broke, with the leading Juventus top on 63 points. Second place Lazio has 62 points, with the two sides facing each other on July 20. Inter, in third place, has 54 points with a game in hand. Klavan's Cagliari sits in 12th place with 32 points.
President of the FIGC Gabriele Gravina said that he hopes to see fans in attendance before seasons' end. "It is hard to imagine that if we adhere to health care regulations, we can't have stadiums fit for 60,000 or 80,000 people at least partly filled."
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Editor: Kristjan Kallaste