UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin called a conference of members of its 55 organizations, the Federation of European Teams, the European Leagues and the Fifpro Group of World Players to address the reaction of football to coronavirus outbreak. Due to the outbreak of coronavirus, many areas of the world are suffering from lockdown conditions. It has crippled major sports events around the globe.
An executive member of UEFA Evelina Christillin said that the government officials are considering the postponement of Euro 2020 as the corona outbreak is spreading quickly.
In an interview with an Italian daily newspaper, Evelina Christillin said that the tournament scheduled to start on June 12 is likely to be delayed until next summer instead of potential issues and constraints created by coronavirus.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, top sports leagues and other sports have been halted across Europe. Series A and La Liga followed the Premier League, Bundesliga and Ligue 1 in confirming suspensions on Friday. The Champions League and the Europa League were both delayed. More so, in March and April, FIFA proposed the cancellation of all foreign fixtures. This will involve the play-offs for Euro 2020, which would settle the last four teams to qualify for the tournament.
UEFA confirmed on Tuesday that they would host a video conference to address the future of both national and European competitions.
The suspension of the contests rendered it nearly difficult to conclude all the fixtures on time and before the start of the European Championship in the autumn. Unfortunately, no-one can predict when this virus will exit, and everything will be as normal as it was before. The policymakers ‘ policies outweigh every football entity. More so, Italy, France, the Netherlands and Spain are under lockdown conditions.
People are permitted out only on important grounds. It is almost impossible to play football in certain conditions because no-one knows for certain that the condition will shift. The leagues ‘ intention is to end the season. UEFA’s goal is to end the competitions. If, at the beginning of June, they should resume, this situation could well be feasible. But, if there is no imminent chance of removing the constraints as of June, then the leagues will have to make tough decisions whether to scrap the season and begin in August again. The outbreak has to be considered seriously, and we should all wait for the official announcement that might possibly be made after the video conference.
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