New regulations may cause the Italian league to shut down permanently according to Serie A president, Paolo Dal Pino.
The Italian government had allowed stadiums to allow 1000 fans into the stadium per match. The number was not ideal financially but still, it was better than a complete restriction. Now with a surge in new cases, the government has backtracked and once again prohibited the entry of fans into stadiums. This comes at a time when a lot of businesses are running at a loss and the Italian league is no different. Without the support of fans and the revenue from ticket sales, president, Paolo Dal Pino, fears that football may completely stop in Italy.
The country’s Prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, added the new and more stringent laws after a new wave of the pandemic hit the country and rose the number of cases. The new laws directly affect a lot of businesses like restaurants, gyms, sports centers, and of course the Serie A. Matches can still be played but they have to be done behind closed doors. Thus the clash between Roma and AC Milan was also held in an empty San Siro. Even Champions League clashes will be played behind closed doors with Juventus ready to host Barcelona on Wednesday.
This new law can hurt the league according to the president and even though he admits that health and lives come before their financial crisis, he also believes that the issue cannot be ignored. The way things are going right now, he believes that the league might come to an end permanently if they do not receive help from the government. He told reporters, proper planning is required,
We are very concerned, we are close to collapsing and I fear that the country’s economy will pay dearly for the restrictive measures that have been put in place.”
“Health comes first but it is important to do the right things, planning in the medium and long term and think about the consequences on employment.”
“The side effects of the recent measures affect many sectors, including our own, which lost €600m (£544m/$708m) in 2020 due to the closure of stadiums.”
He went on to say that the government promised businesses that suffered from loss due to the lockdown, some financial aid. He hopes that the government recognizes their plight and helps them out as the footballing industry helps the countries economy a lot. Over a billion dollars in taxes are paid every year and should the league completely shut down, the country’s economy will plummet as well.
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