‘Foreign clubs could pillage our football and snatch our champions at cut-price’: Serie A chief warns of a player exodus in Italian football in rallying cry to finish 2019-20 season
- The Serie A season is currently on suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic
- Italian chiefs hope to get the season resumed at the end of May or start of June
- Serie A president Luigi Di Siervo has fears if the season cannot be completed
- Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19
Serie A president Luigi Di Siervo fears clubs could ‘pillage’ Italian football and take its stars for cut-price fees if the season is not completed.
The league is currently on hold due to the coronavirus, though it is hoped the season will restart between May 27 and June 3.
But there is a fierce debate on whether the season should continue, with some clubs eager for the season to be cancelled, while others fear there could be disastrous consequences if they could not resume.
Serie A president Luigi De Siervo fears the league’s top stars could leave for cut-price
The fear is top stars such as Romelu Lukaku could leave if the season does not resume
De Siervo has told newspaper La Repubblica that a move to cancel the season could even mean its top stars are snatched from clubs abroad.
He said: Not playing would mean foreign clubs could pillage our football and come to snatch our champions at cut-price.
‘The players who did remain would have their salaries cut, the clubs would go into the red and the best talents would emigrate elsewhere.’
If his fears were to come true, it could mean that clubs might come in for the league’s top stars including Cristiano Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala, Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez.
The Netherlands and Belgium have already called their seasons to a close, although the matter might not be entirely resolved there either.
FC Utrecht announced they are preparing legal action after losing a potential place in Europe, because the KNVB Cup was cancelled before their Final against Feyenoord.
Lautaro Martinez has already been linked with a big move to Barcelona in recent times
Manchester United have been linked with the signing of Juventus centre-back Matthijs De Ligt
The announcement that Ajax who were top of the Dutch league, level on points with AZ Alkmaar, will not be awarded the title with promotion and relegation not taking place either.
If a similar move was announced for the Serie A, it would mean that Juventus would miss out on the championship.
With 12 games to go, Juventus lead the standings by just point to Lazio with Inter Milan nine points down with a game in hand.
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