With Coronavirus spreading widely and taking many lives across Europe, sporting events got postponed and fears of some getting canceled were always going to there and Euro 2020 has become the first major sporting event to get canceled.
UEFA were meant to have a sitting on the 17th of March to discuss way forward for the various leagues across Europe but most importantly to discuss the futures of Euro 2020, UEFA Champions league and the Europa League.
Today, UEFA have officially decided to postpone the Euros until the summer of 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic decimating the football calendar across the different nations. It has been decided that the showpiece Euros will now take place between June 11 to July 11 next year.
The Euros 2020 were Postponed after UEFA convened a meeting
During Tuesday’s meeting involving UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin, which included a series of video conferences, they decided to cancel this summer’s showpiece football event.
A pan-European tournament, with 12 host cities, was ambitious at the outset and in the current climate had appeared almost impossible to achieve.
The president of the French football federation, Noel Le Graet, welcomed the news that Euro 2020 had been postponed.
‘The French Football Federation fully supports UEFA’s decision to postpone Euro 2020 from June 11 to July 11 2021 and to adapt the formats for European competitions accordingly,’ he said in a statement.
‘The international matches planned for March, including the two matches of the French team on March 27 and 31 at the Stade de France, would therefore logically be postponed to June.
‘This wise and pragmatic decision by UEFA makes it possible to fully register in the urgency and the priority of collective action to fight against the coronavirus while allowing to consider ending the national professional and amateur championships which could be prolonged until June.
‘All options will be studied in order to be reactive when resumption of activities is possible. The only concern of the FFF is to make the best decisions, by bringing together all the players in football, to best respect sports equity and limit the impact of this crisis. The world of football must be united, responsible and exemplary. ‘
And it has since been confirmed that the Champions League final will now be played on June 27 while the Europa League final in Gdansk has been moved back a month to June 24.
UEFA want the European football season to be finished by the end of June in the hope that the Champions League and Europa League can both be concluded this summer, according to reports.
According to The Telegraph, UEFA wants this season’s Champions League and Europa League campaigns to be concluded and the continent’s domestic leagues all to resume at the same time.
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