ANKARA

Italy confirmed Thursday that its top-tier football league will resume operations June 20.

Youth and Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora made the announcement to the media after meeting representatives of the Football Federation, league, clubs, players and referees.

“It is the right step to kick-off football again as Italy takes action. In light of all this, we can say that the league will restart on June 20. There is also the possibility of playing Italian Cup matches from June 13 to 17,” he said.

Serie A clubs have not played matches since the league was suspended March 9 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The federation announced May 19 that the season would remain suspended until June 14.

Italy reported 70 additional fatalities from the novel coronavirus Thursday, bringing the death toll to 33,142.

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