The Italian Football Federation said that the Serie A may not finish because of the coronavirus outbreak. As a measure, FIGC has put forward several alternatives which include a play-off system.

An FIGC statement confirmed that Serie A would stop until 3rd April following a government decree issued on Monday.

If the season cannot be concluded, FIGC president, Gabriele Gravina put forward alternative options.

They include staging play-offs, not having a champion for 2019/20 or declaring the current standings final.

Play-offs will take place to determine the champions, European qualification and the three clubs to be relegated to Serie B.

But if the title winner is decided by the current standings, then, Juventus would be Italian champions for a ninth straight season.

Five games took place on Sunday before Sassuolo won 3-0 against Brescia on Monday with all matches taking place behind closed doors.

As it stands, there are 12 full rounds of matches still to be played. Additionally, another four fixtures have been postponed and the second leg of the Coppa Italia semi-finals.

The alternatives are due to be discussed at a meeting of the federal council on 23rd March.

Should the season resume, it was also proposed at Tuesday’s meeting that clubs take advantage of all available dates until 31 May.

The last season that Serie A did not have a champion was 2004/05. This happened when Juventus were stripped of the title following the Calciopoli match-fixing scandal.

The title winner was previously decided by a play-off in 1964 when Bologna beat Inter Milan after the two sides finished level on points.

Coronavirus key sporting developments.

  • Evangelos Marinakis, Nottingham Forest owner has announced he has coronavirus and is now self-isolating.
  • Wolves’ Europa League tie at Olympiakos in Greece and Sevilla vs Rom matches will be played behind closed doors.
  • Barcelona has confirmed their Champions League last 16-second leg game with Napoli will take place behind closed doors as well as PSG’s game with Borussia Dortmund.
  • All Laliga games will be played behind closed doors at least for the next two weeks.
  • All Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 matches, until April 15 will be played behind closed doors amid the outbreak.