Adriano Galliani confirms Serie A is weighing up global game plans

AC Milan general manager Adriano Galliani has confirmed that the authorities are considering plans for several Serie A games to be played in different cities around the world.

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis had first revealed the plan, which would see Italian domestic league games being staged in different venues globally in a bid to boost the league's diminishing popularity.

Galliani told Sky Sport Italia that the Lega Serie A is weighing up the benefits, adding: "We used to be leaders a few years ago, but now it's clear that Italian football, like almost our whole economy, has lost a lot of places.

"It's an idea. We couldn't export all of the games, but maybe one on the opening day of the season. We've already frequently held the Supercoppa abroad, from Libya to China."

De Laurentiis told Radio Kiss Kiss that his idea would be for the entire opening weekend of the next Serie A season to be played in 10 different cities around the globe.

"We're verifying the feasibility of the project, which aims to help Italian football recover from a rough period," he said.

The Premier League had considered a similar plan in 2008 and, while it did not come to pass, there have been suggestions the idea could be revived.

The plans for the Italian top flight would still need the consent of all 20 Serie A clubs, half of whom would miss out on one regular home fixture, although the earnings should more than compensate for the loss of gate receipts.

It would also allow the Italian game to be showcased in stadiums Galliani feels are more worthy of top-flight football than the current venues Italy has to offer.

"We're paying for political mistakes from 1990 onwards," Galliani said. "We even managed to miss out on [staging] the European Championship to Ukraine and Poland. Other countries have had World Cups and European Championships and they've built for them.

"Since 1990 [when Italy hosted the World Cup], we've not had anything and the biggest handicap of Italian football is the stadiums, and it's far harder to build them in a country where the bureaucracy is so complicated."