FIFA president Gianni Infantino met with Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte on Wednesday to discuss bringing back fans to football stadiums amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Infantino said it was the first of several meetings planned with government leaders.

“Obviously football without fans isn’t the same thing,” Infantino said. “But health is the most important thing. We have to see what happens now during this period that we’re starting to live in contact with other people again,” he added.

Serie A season to start on September 19

Italian football matches have been closed to fans since the country was ordered into a strict lockdown in March. After a three-month break, last season’s Serie A ended in August with all games played in empty stadiums. The new season starts in 10 days.

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