Milan will not start Serie A on Sunday, as the Lega has decided it’s best to postpone the matches of Genoa and Samp while playing all the rest regularly.
On Tuesday (August 14) the Ponte Morandi motorway bridge in Genova partially collapsed, killing tens of people.
Genoa and Sampdoria, who are based in the city where the incredibly tragic event happened, asked the league to postpone their first round Serie A matches against Milan and Fiorentina respectively, and the Lega has decided to respect their request.
“The President of the Lega Serie A, given the requests for postponement of their matches scheduled for Sunday, August 19 at 20:30 CEST on the part of the clubs Sampdoria and Genoa as result of the tragedy which hit Genoa, and having received the assent of both Fiorentina and Milan, has decided on the postponement of the Sampdoria-Fiorentina and Milan-Genoa matches,” a statement reads.
“The rescheduled dates for the two matches will be announced in the coming days, in compliance with the regulations in force.” Before it was confirmed that the match would be postpone, Genoa ultras had already announced that they would not be going to the game on Sunday.
It has to be noted that all the rest Serie A matches will be played and there will be a minute’s silence before each of them. This means that the schedule of Milan in the future will be tighter as they will have to face Genoa in a midweek clash while others rest. This also means that the Rossoneri will be starting their season away against Napoli, with Hakan Çalhanoğlu suspended for the match.
This also creates a problem for the fans who planned to come to San Siro and had already purchased their tickets and accommodation. Milan, as the statement said, agreed to the postponement.