As a possible postponement of the pan-European championship in the summer (June 12 to July 12) due to the spread of the corona virus is becoming more and more important, the European Football Union (UEFA) has called a crisis meeting with all parties involved for next Tuesday. UEFA announced on Thursday that it had invited representatives from all 55 member associations, the boards of the European Club Association ECA and the Association of European Leagues, as well as the players’ union FIFPro to a video conference on March 17.
The further procedure for “all national and European competitions, including EURO 2020”, will be discussed there. The Spanish sports daily Marca had previously reported, citing the Spanish association boss Luis Rubiales, that UEFA would like to suspend play in the Champions League and the Europa League.
According to Italian media reports, dealing with the European Championship against the background of the spread of the corona virus was already the subject of a video conference on Thursday with representatives of the five largest European leagues (Germany, Italy, England, Spain, France) and UEFA’s Deputy General Secretary Giorgio Marchetti. At the initiative of the Italian Serie A, an application was submitted to postpone the EURO.
By relocating the EURO, the leagues want to ensure that they can finish their current seasons. On Tuesday, UEFA once again emphasized that it wanted to stick to the EURO calendar despite the corona virus. “There is no reason to change the planned schedule,” the association said on SID request, pointing out that no requests had been received to postpone the tournament.
In view of the rapid spread of the virus, games had been ordered in private in numerous European leagues, including the Bundesliga. In Italy, where the opening game between Turkey and Italy was to take place, the league was even completely suspended until April 3. The European Championship is to be held in twelve countries this summer, the German venue is Munich.
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