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UEFA President won’t commit on completion of season

UEFA is apparently in the process of “analysing all options” hoping to complete both the domestic and European football seasons as football across the continent has been suspended for an indefinite period of time due to the coronavirus pandemic. As such, the European Championship has been postponed until 2021 in a move that would hopefully allow for the European domestic leagues to occupy the summer months.

UEFA have had to remove the June 30 deadline which they had set earlier for the domestic leagues to be completed but the continuing spread of the virus continuing has made this absolutely impossible, and have subsequently postponed both the Champions League and Europa League indefinitely, with the leagues taking top priority.

Sunday reports earlier suggested that UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin had stated that he wanted both UEFA competitions to be concluded by August 3 with the suggestion intact that the Premier League may have a similar deadline for completion. However UEFA now denies that such a claim was ever made.

The UEFA statement said: “It has been reported that UEFA President, Aleksander Čeferin told ZDF in Germany that the UEFA Champions League must finish by 3 August. This is not true. The President was very clear not to set exact dates for the end of the season.

“UEFA is currently analysing all options to complete domestic and European seasons with the European Club Association and the European Leagues in the working group set up on 17 March. The primary priority of all the members of the working group is to preserve public health.

“Following on from that, it is to find calendar solutions to complete all competitions. Options are currently being studied to play matches in July and in August if needed, depending on restart dates and the permission of national authorities.”