Serie A season could end today as talks continue over coronavirus crisis

The Serie A season could be cancelled today as the coronavirus crisis shows no sign of loosening its grip.

Top-flight matches in Italy have been suspended since early March with the country badly hit by the pandemic.

As it stands, Juventus are one point ahead of Lazio with 12 games to play, but no games will take place before May 3.

And today's conference call between members of the Italian Footballers' Association could discuss cancelling the season.

Players chief Damiano Tommasi said: “There will be one more element on the table compared to previous weeks, because after the words of Minister Spadafora, there’s concern that the season will end here.

“It’s therefore necessary to tackle the problem of ending the season from a sporting point of view and a contractual one; in short, formally.

“As for cutting wages, we seek, if possible, a common solution. Juve moved forward, but what they did didn’t take us by surprise.

“We knew all about it and we don’t feel delegitimised. Among other things, Chiellini is our advisor.
“If there are no disputes between clubs and players, we’re not required to intervene. If they’ve found an agreement, that's fine.”

Meanwhile, Juventus players and coach Maurizio Sarri have reached an agreement over a wage reduction that will save the Italian champions €90 million.

Sarri and the first-team players have agreed what amounts to a four-month pay reduction to help Italy's most successful club during the coronavirus crisis.

The effective one-third cut to the players' annual salaries will mean a huge drop in wages for a squad headed by marquee Portuguese player Cristiano Ronaldo, the best-paid footballer in Italy who is reported to earn €31m a year.

The agreement comes at a time when many clubs around Europe have had to cut wage bills because of the dramatic impact of matches having had to be postponed or played behind closed doors due to the spread of the virus.

"The economic and financial effects of the understanding reached are positive for about 90 million euros for the 2019/2020 financial year", Juventus said.

"The understanding provides for the reduction of the compensation for an amount equal to the monthly payments of March, April, May and June 2020."

The Turin-based club, in one of the regions hit hardest by the crisis, have suffered in recent weeks with three of their players having tested positive for the virus; forward Paulo Dybala, defender Daniele Rugani and midfielder Blaise Matuidi.

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