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Serie A halts Boxing Day matches

Experiment lasted for one season.

FC Internazionale v SSC Napoli - Serie A
Lautaro Martinez of FC Internazionale celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale and SSC Napoli at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on December 26, 2018 in Milan, Italy.
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Thanks to broadcasters’ inability to sell advertising for matches, Serie A has elected to scrap its Boxing Day matches from next season’s schedule.

The move came after only one season of the Premier League-style schedule that featured matches on Dec. 26.

Corriere della Sera reported that “the experiment has already failed.”

Broadcasters said selling subscriptions to services carrying Serie A matches were more “difficult” in January with only two weekends of football to sell.

That means the 2019-20 season will start one week later than this season – on Aug. 24 and ending on May 24.

It might be a good thing for Inter Milan as the Nerazzurri suffered a black eye on Boxing Day following a 1-0 win over Napoli.

Because of racial chants levied toward Napoli players by Inter fans, the club was forced to play two matches behind closed doors in January.

Additionally, an Inter fan was killed and several fans from both clubs were injured after unrest spilled out in the city following the match.


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