UEFA has decided to postpone the Euros 2020 for next year while aiming to reschedule the Champions league and the Europa League as a result of the outbreak of the deadly Corona virus also known as COVID-19.A lot of knockout games were postponed as a result of the deadly virus and now the challenging part for UEFA would be trying to find a way of completing the Champions league and Europa League for this season with the Coronavirus still lurking around.
“Rescheduling the champions league and Europa League won’t be as easy as postponing Euros 2020 for UEFA — will UEFA be able actually to pull this off?”
Fans and supporters should be ready for changes which includes games being played behind closed doors for the rest of the season. It is a highly unlikely chance that UEFA would pull this off successfully and sources confirmed this when they told ESPN that there are so many obstacles that are standing in the way of games going on in the Europa League and the champions league. It might require the maximum effort from all parties, including the government, associations, broadcasters, and clubs, to make it happen.
A video conference was held on Tuesday, which involved all 55 of UEFA’s National Association, which was able to put the issue of Euro 2020 postponement to rest. The decision helped UEFA clear up its calendar for other European clubs and domestic league competitions to go on during June and July. UEFA is fully aware that solving the football chaos is not as easy as creating dates. Hence, it put together a working group that includes the European Club Association(ECA) and the leagues to “examine calendar solutions that would allow for the completion of the current season and any other consequence of the decisions made today.”
The Union of European Football Association is faced with so many challenges to tackle, and they’re all complex. However, the primary problem here is the Coronavirus. All the discussions now with UEFA will be centered on the Coronavirus outbreak, from its spread to its effects. If the countries going on lockdown keep increasing, then there will be an extremely high probability that no games are going to be played. We are currently in the middle of March, and yet France, Norway, Italy, and Spain are on lockdown.
The United Kingdom told its citizens to stay at home, with other groups and people over 70 termed as vulnerable advised to isolate themselves for 12 weeks starting from this week. This also meant that it would have to be mid-June before the dust settles. This makes UEFA’s issues clear, and they might not have enough time to get the competitions up and running. This is just one of the many challenges the UEFA will have to take up even if the Coronavirus eased up a little.
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said in a statement, “We are at the helm of a sport that vast numbers of people live and breathe that has been laid low by this invisible and fast-moving opponent,” “It is at times like these, that the football community needs to show responsibility, unity, solidarity, and altruism.”
UEFA postpones the Euro 2020 to 2021 as a result of Coronavirus.
UEFA has postponed EURO 2020 to the next year 2021 due to Coronavirus after reaching an agreement with the 55 of UEFA’s National Association during the video conference on Tuesday. The 24-team European Championship held across Europe is set to kick off from June 11 to July 11 next year.
UEFA also confirmed that all competitions and matches for national teams and clubs for men and women would also be put on hold following the latest development until further notice, including friendlies and playoffs. The sixteen playoff matches that were due to be played on the 26 and 31 March will now be played at the start of June in the international window.
Here’s what Ceferin had to say, “UEFA tabled a range of options so that competitions can finish this season safely, and I am proud of the response of my colleagues across European football,”
The 2020 sporting calendar has been destroyed, events canceled, and competitions suspended. UEFA also stated on Tuesday that it intends to complete all European clubs and domestic league the latest by June 30.