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Serie A introducing lunchtime games next season

Serie A are getting with the times by introducing lunchtime games for next season.

The plan to introduce a 12.30 local time kick-off in Serie A next season is in place, announced Lega Calcio President Maurizio Beretta.

"We will also play on Sunday at 12.30 and there is a slot for a Friday evening kick-off when teams are taking part in the UEFA competitions the following week.

"Monday, for now, is reserved for Serie B," he told Radio Anch'Io Sport.

There have already been experiments with a lunchtime match this term, when Inter beat Chievo 1-0 at the Bentegodi on January 6.

"There will be windows, such as Friday evening, which will not be fixed but help teams who are competing in Europe.

"I think this is an element that can help Italian sides remove their handicap when it comes to fatigue in these tournaments.

"This season we've seen games against outfits that had a more comfortable fixture list. It is also an extra service for the television viewer, who has greater versatility in his product."

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