Considered as one of the most prestigious tournaments in the Soccer world after the World Cup – European Championship is the latest victim of Coronavirus crisis, the Norwegian Football Federation announced Tuesday announced the decision through a teleconference on Tuesday. Norway’s football association tweeted that the UEFA has decided that the Euros will now be played from June 11 next year. Also Read - Coronavirus in Gujarat: 14-month-old Toddler Dies of COVID-19 in Jamnagar
“UEFA has decided that the European Championship is postponed to 2021. It will be played from 11 June to 11 July next year. More information coming,” the federation announced on Twitter. Originally, the tournament was scheduled to be held this year from June 12 to July 12 across 12 countries, including England, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland. Wembley was due to host seven matches at Euro 2020, including the semi-finals and final. Also Read - New York Leads Coronavirus Death Toll With 731 Fatalties in 24 Hours
European football’s governing body had invited representatives of its member associations and boards of the European Club Association and the European Leagues and a representative of FIFPro, to a video conference meeting on Tuesday where the decision was taken. Also Read - Rishabh Pant is Just 20 And Media Scrutinises Him so Much: Rohit Sharma to Yuvraj Singh During Instagram Chat Amid COVID-19 Lockdown
The postponement of the Euro 2020 frees up the calendar to give the continent’s nationals leagues and the UEFA Champions League and Europa League a chance to reach completion. It also gives member nation and two-time champions Italy the time to recover for the tournament. The country is among the worst affected by the virus with over 350 deaths reported in the last 24 hours.
However, there will be another cause of headache for the football body, given the women’s European Championship is scheduled for July 7 to August 1 in England next year.
The postponement was anticipated and it emerged on Tuesday that UEFA last week cancelled its hotel bookings in Copenhagen, one of the host cities.