UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has said that football campaigns across Europe are in danger of being declared null and void unless the season resumes by end of June. Almost all football competitions across the world have been suspended as part of measures to stop the spread of coronavirus. Also Read - Champions League to Resume on August 7 After COVID-19 Break, Lisbon to Host Mini-tournament: UEFA
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Major sporting competitions across the world including Euro 2020 Championships and Tokyo Olympics have suffered and been postponed till next year. Euro, which was to be played in 12 different countries this year, has been delayed to make way for clubs to complete the remainder of their respective campaigns including domestic competitions and continental tournaments – Europa League and Champions league. Also Read - Ligue 1 Won't Resume This Season After France Bans All Sporting Events Until September
“If we don’t succeed in restarting, the season will probably be lost,” Ceferin told Italian newspaper La Repubblica.
He revealed there are different plans in place to get the season underway either by mid-May. start of June or by the end of it. “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 [season], starting the following one later. We will see the best solution for leagues and clubs.”
Before the seasons were halted, football matches in Italy and Spain were being played behind closed doors but Ceferin says it will be hard decision to resume in that fashion but will be followed if necessary.
“It’s hard for me to imagine all the matches behind closed doors, but we still don’t know whether we’ll resume, with or without spectators. If there was no alternative, it would be better to finish the championships,” he said.
Should the season be wiped off, clubs of the likes of Liverpool FC and Paris Saint Germain will suffer greatly as they are runaway leaders in their respective top-tier domestic competitions.