Thursday, 21 June 2007

Matarrese predicts late start

Lega Calcio chief Antonio Matarrese is confident Serie A will kick off on August 26, even if the date has yet to be confirmed.

The Federation had asked to bring the start of domestic competition forward to August 19, to help the Italian national team prepare for crucial Euro 2008 qualifiers against France and Ukraine.

The Lega had made it clear that they would not ratify such an early kick-off, as the transfer market is still wide open at that time and many supporters would still be away on holiday.

"There is nothing official yet, but we understand that the Federation wants Serie A to start on August 19," explained Matarrese outside the FIGC offices. "Out of respect for the Assembly we wanted President Giancarlo Abete to acknowledge our decision.

"Now that we know they are available I will send an official letter with the Serie A kick-off date, which is scheduled for August 26."

Serie B is also expected to start on the same date, although reports suggest that the Second Division could kick off the week before on the same weekend as the SuperCoppa Italia match. Scudetto champions Inter and Coppa Italia winners Roma are to meet on August 18.

Source: C4 Football Italia

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