The president of the Italian Footballers' Association has admitted it is time to consider the possibility that the season is over due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Damiano Tommasi responded to comments from Italy's Minister of Sport Vincenzo Spadafora suggesting that he will on Monday propose a further extension to the suspension of all sport in the country.

Italy is the world's worst affected country, with the pandemic death toll passing 10,000 over the weekend.

Tommasi, the former Roma midfielder, believes it is time to face the fact that the season may end here.

"We have one more element on the table than in the past few weeks," Tommasi told news agency ANSA, as reported on the official Footballers' Association website.

"Because after the words of Minister Spadafora, the concern that the championships will end here is there.

"You must therefore ask yourself the problem of the end of the season from a sporting point of view, of contracts."

Serie A champions Juventus' squad have agreed to take a temporary pay cut during the crisis and Tommasi wants to see solidarity across Italian football.

"On cutting wages, if possible, we are looking for a common solution," he added.

"Juve went ahead but it did not take us by surprise, we knew everything. If there are no disputes between clubs and players, we are not required to intervene, if they have found an agreement, that's okay."

"The big clubs are living in a bubble, beyond their means, starting with the millionaire salaries of the players." - Minister of Sport Vincenzo Spadafora

Spafadora has announced details of a financial package to support grassroots clubs but believes it is unrealistic to expect football to resume any time soon.

All sporting events have been suspended in Italy until 3 April, with some reportedly hopeful that the season could restart on 3 May, but Spafadora has quashed that idea.

"It's unrealistic to resume play on 3 May," Spadafora told Italian newspaper La Repubblica.

"Tomorrow, I will propose to extend the stop of sports competitions of all levels for the rest of April.

"Sport is not just football, and football is not just Serie A. I will assign an extraordinary €400m plan to grassroots sport, to help the amateur level, a fabric that I am sure will be one of the engines of the rebirth."

Serie A has issued a response to Spadafora's La Repubblica interview where the politician added: "The big clubs are living in a bubble, beyond their means, starting with the millionaire salaries of the players. They must understand that nothing after this crisis will ever be the same again."

Serie A said in a statement that football in Italy employs 300,000 people and accounts for 1% of gross domestic product.

Serie A "has always played a recognised role as the locomotive of the sector", directly generating €3bn of revenue each year, it said.

The league noted that its solidarity payments to develop facilities and youth football outside the top flight had increased from €93m in 2010 to €130m this year.

"This is not the time to make controversy," said Paolo Dal Pino, the president of Serie A.

"The numbers above speak for themselves and there is no need to add anything else to highlight the role of the Lega Serie A in support of grassroots football and, indirectly, of all Italian sport."