Football Italiano has exclusively learned that the Italian Football Confederation (FIGC) is in talks with FIFA to make the ban permanent, although no date has been set for the formalisation of the agreement.
The news was revealed by Italian daily La Stampa, which said that Italy’s ban is set to expire on January 1st, 2019.
The move has been controversial since it was announced in April, when it was revealed that the country’s football governing body had suspended its entire squad from international football until 2020.
Italy, who had already lost their star goalkeeper Andrea Pirlo to a serious knee injury, have now decided to ban their entire squad for at the beginning of 2019, which has been welcomed by supporters and supporters’ organisations.
However, with the country already having failed to qualify for Euro 2020 and a long list of clubs in the competition are expected to miss out, this move may be a long-term blow to the Italian team and the country.