Serie A fixtures unlikely to head to China, says league president

25 March 2019 | Stadia & Major Events
Serie A fixtures unlikely to head to China, says league president
Serie A president Gaetano Micciche has denied reports that Italian soccer’s top-flight could play games in China in the near future.

The news came after Reuters reported on Friday that Serie A would be holding discussions with Chinese officials regarding the option.

Whilst Micciche played down the notion of China playing host to league fixtures, he was more open to the idea that Italian domestic cup matches in the Coppa Italia could be played abroad.

“I don’t think it’s a road we can travel in the next few years,” said Micchiche. “We could discuss the Supercup or some Coppa Italia matches.”

Aurelio De Laurentiis, president of Serie A club Napoli had thrown his weight behind playing games abroad.

“The month of August could be a good opportunity to play a few Serie A games around Europe,” he said. “It wouldn’t be a betrayal of the fans, because at the end of the day most of them would be at the beach and far away from their home towns.”

Last year, Spain’s La Liga announced plans to host a fixture between Catalan neighbours Barcelona and Girona in Miami but the game fell through after opposition from various stakeholders, including the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF).

Italian soccer is no stranger to playing its domestic games abroad. The Italian Supercup – the fixture between the previous season’s Serie A winners and Coppa Italia champions – has been played in China, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Libya and the US in the past.

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