Serie A season to kick off on Sept 19, a week later than planned

Juventus players celebrate an unprecedented ninth consecutive Serie A title in the recently concluded season. (AP pic)

MILAN: The next Serie A season will start on Sept 19, one week later than originally planned, the Italian league said in a statement on Monday.

The league said the decision “confirms the preference already expressed … by the majority of the clubs in a meeting dedicated to this topic”.

The 2019-2020 season ended on Sunday, having been interrupted for three months between March and June by of the coronavirus pandemic.

There will also be a shorter Christmas break than usual and matches will be played on both Jan 3 and Jan 6.