Champions League, Europa League suspended indefinitely – UEFA

By Robert Abong'o: Wednesday, April 1st 2020 at 18:26 GMT +3 | Football
A logo is pictured outside the UEFA in Nyon, Switzerland, February 28, 2020. Picture taken February 28, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Following a video-conference meeting with 55 member states on Wednesday, April 1, European football’s governing body UEFA has resolved to suspend European competition’s indefinitely.

All national team matches for men and women including the play-off matches for UEFA EURO 2020 and qualifying matches for UEFA Women's EURO 2021 have also been postponed until further notice.

Due to "increasing uncertainty generated by the ongoing extraordinary events", UEFA has also decided to suspend club licensing requirements that relate to preparation and assessment of future financial information.

“It [UEFA] supports the proposal to give member associations more time to complete the club licensing process until the admission process for next season's UEFA club competitions has been redefined. As a result of the increasing uncertainty generated by the ongoing extraordinary events, the Executive Committee also decided to suspend the club licensing provisions that relate to the preparation and assessment of clubs' future financial information,” said UEFA in a statement.

UEFA’S STATEMENT: - Events postponed indefinitely

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  • All national team matches for men and women due to be played in June 2020 are postponed until further notice. This includes the play-off matches for UEFA EURO 2020 and qualifying matches for UEFA Women's EURO 2021
  • All other UEFA competition matches, including the centralised international friendly matches, remain postponed until further notice.
  • Youth national team competitions:
    (i) the UEFA European Under-17 Championship final tournament scheduled for May 2020 is cancelled;
    (ii) the UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship final tournament scheduled for July 2020 is cancelled;
    (iii) the UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship final tournament scheduled for May 2020 is postponed until further notice (as it is a qualifying competition for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup);
    (iv) the UEFA European Under-19 Championship final tournament scheduled for July 2020 is postponed until further notice (as it is a qualifying competition for the FIFA U-20 World Cup)
  • The UEFA Futsal Champions League finals scheduled for April 2020 are postponed until further notice.
  • The deadlines related to all 2020/21 UEFA club competitions are postponed until further notice, in particular as regards the admission process and the registration of players. UEFA will set new deadlines in due course
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - UEFA Congress - Beurs van Berlage Conference Centre, Amsterdam, Netherlands - March 3, 2020 UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin during the UEFA Congress REUTERS/Yves Herman/File Photo

Last week, UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin admitted the season could be lost if not restarted by June, but reiterated of the committee’s plans should the coronavirus pandemic continue to worsen.

"There is a plan A, B and C.The three options are to start again in mid-May, in June or at the end of June. There is also the possibility of starting again at the beginning of the next, starting the following one later. We will see the best solution for leagues and clubs," Ceferin told Italian newspaper La Repubblica.

 

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