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Torino v Parma kick off Serie A return on 20 June

02 Jun 2020, 06:42 GMT+10

Serie A will return after a three-month coronavirus-enforced absence on 20 June with Torino hosting Parma in the first of four postponed matches on the opening weekend, the Italian league confirmed on Monday.

The championship will resume with fixtures which were called off when Italian sports was suspended on March 9 because of the coronavirus.

The first match will be Torino versus Parma at 19:30 (17:30GMT) on 20 June followed by Hellas Verona versus Cagliari at 21:45.

The following day Atalanta will host Sassuolo at 17:30 while Inter Milan will be at home against Sampdoria at 21:45.

Most teams have 12 games left to play with 124 matches remaining, to be played in 43 days from 20 June to 2 August.

After the four catch-up games, the 27th round of action will be played with matches scheduled from Monday, 22 June through to Wednesday, 24 June.

Juventus, who are bidding for a ninth consecutive title, are one point ahead of Lazio.

Third-placed Inter Milan are nine points behind the leader with a game in hand.

Maurizio Sarri's Juventus travel to Bologna for their first game back on Monday with Lazio at Atalanta on Wednesday.

The league has not yet confirmed the dates for the Italian Cup which is expected to be completed the week before Serie A restarts.

The return legs of the semi-finals remain to be played with Juventus facing AC Milan and Napoli playing Inter Milan.

Most of the matches will be played at 21:30 and 21:45, because of the summer heat in Italy, with only ten games scheduled earlier at 17:15, in the north of the country.

Games will be played behind closed doors and adhering to a strict health protocol, whereby the entire group must go into a training camp retreat for two weeks in the case of a positive test for Covid-19.

Italian football federation president Gabriele Gravina said Monday he hoped that a small number of fans will be able to attend matches before the season finishes.

"It is my heartfelt wish to be able to see a small presence in stadium for the end of the championship," said Gravina.

"It seems unthinkable that in a stadium with 60,000 seats, there is no space for a minimal percentage of spectators who can attend the match with all necessary precautions.

"Certainly it is premature today but with the resumption of the championship, there could be a new little signal of hope for our country."

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