EURO 2020 could be postponed until next year due to Coronavirus pandemic. The outbreak could force the governing body to reschedule the tournament.
The EURO’s are an important source of revenue for the UEFA. The quadrennial event allows the governing body to fund its finance for the next four years. However, it is very likely that the EURO 2020 could be postponed until next year due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The outbreak has already forced several top domestic leagues to either suspend their competition or play behind closed doors. UEFA announced on Thursday that they would meet via videoconference next week to discuss European football’s response to the outbreak.
The statement on their website reads:
“In the light of the ongoing developments in the spread of COVID-19 across Europe and the changing analysis of the World Health Organisation, UEFA has today invited representatives of its 55 member associations, together with the boards of the European Club Association and the European Leagues and a representative of FIFPro, to attend meetings by videoconference on Tuesday 17 March to discuss European football’s response to the outbreak.
“Discussions will include all domestic and European competitions, including UEFA EURO 2020. “Further communication will be made following those meetings.”
According to L’Équipe, the decision following the meeting would be to announce the postponement on Tuesday following UEFA’s meeting next week.
L’UEFA qui doit réunir mardi les différentes composantes du football européen, devrait annoncer à cette occasion la suspension de la Ligue des champions et de la Ligue Europa, ainsi que le report de l’Euro à 2021 https://t.co/UyUKdpr3k1 pic.twitter.com/pPRb619IVY
— L’ÉQUIPE (@lequipe) March 12, 2020
Breaking | UEFA are set to announce on Tuesday that EURO 2020 will be postponed to 2021 owing to COVID-19, according to L’Équipe. More follows.
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) March 12, 2020
EURO 2020 is set to begin from June 12 and will be hosted across 12 major European cities, which also includes countries that have been worst hit by the coronavirus crisis. This list includes the likes of Azerbaijan, Denmark, England, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Ireland, Romania, Russia, Scotland and Spain.
Reports surfaced that certain federations had requested it to suspend the competition. However, UEFA denied these reports, saying that they were yet to receive any such official request.
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