UEFA Postpones Euro 2020 For A Year

Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) has postponed Euro 2020 until next summer due to coronavirus.

It has been decided that the showpiece Euros will now take place between June 11 to July 11 next year.

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 while the fate of this season's Champions League and the Europa League are still set to be worked out.

On Tuesday afternoon, UEFA released a statement regarding the Euro 2020 postponement, insisting they are giving priority to 'completing domestic competitions' before admitting all club and national fixtures for both men and women 'have been put on hold until further notice'.

The statement read: 

UEFA today announced the postponement of its flagship national team competition, UEFA Euro 2020, due to be played in June and July this year. The health of all those involved in the game is the priority, as well as to avoid placing any unnecessary pressure on national public services involved in staging matches. The move will help all domestic competitions, currently on hold due to the COVID-19 emergency, to be completed.

All UEFA competitions and matches (including friendlies) for clubs and national teams for both men and women have been put on hold until further notice. The UEFA Euro 2020 play-off matches and international friendlies, scheduled for the end of March, will now be played in the international window at the start of June, subject to a review of the situation.

A working group has been set up with the participation of leagues and club representatives to examine calendar solutions that would allow for the completion of the current season and any other consequence of the decisions made today.

The decisions, taken by UEFA's executive committee, followed video conference meetings held today with the presidents and general secretaries of the 55 national associations, as well as representatives for the European Club Association, European Leagues and FIFPro Europe, convened by UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin, to find a coherent plan to break the logjam of fixtures building up due to the spread of the virus across the continent.

A pan-European tournament, with 12 host cities, was ambitious at the outset and in the current climate had appeared almost impossible to achieve, especially with the European and domestic seasons up in the air.

It had earlier been reported that the Champions League final would be played on June 27 while the Europa League final in Gdansk had been moved back a month to June 24, but UEFA insist no decision has been made yet.

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