Italian professional football leagues would not restart from early May due to coronavirus pandemic, the country’s sports minister said. 

“Football [in Italy] won’t restart on May 3,” Vincenzo Spadafora told Italian daily La Repubblica on Sunday, adding resuming the top-tier Serie A matches on May 3 is “unrealistic”.

Spadafora stated that teams in top-tier Serie A division “made mistake” as they went on playing despite the COVID-19.

The Italian Serie A matches in week 26 — including the highly anticipated one between Juventus and Inter Milan on March 8 in Turin — were played behind closed doors due to

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