Uefa introduced on Monday that it has postponed the Champions League, Europa League and ladies’s Champions League finals, initially scheduled for May, because of the coronavirus pandemic, with no new date given.
European soccer’s governing physique had already postponed the competitions till additional discover earlier this month.
Uefa mentioned that “no decision has yet been made on rearranged dates”.
“The working group, established last week as a result of the conference call among the stakeholders of European football, which was chaired by Uefa president, Aleksander Ceferin, will analyse the options available,” Uefa mentioned in an announcement.
“The group has already begun its examination of the calendar. Announcements will be made in due course.”
The 2020 males’s Champions League remaining had been as a consequence of be performed at Istanbul’s Ataturk Stadium on May 30, with the Europa League remaining to have been staged in Polish metropolis Gdansk three days earlier than.
The girls’s Champions League remaining was scheduled for May 24 in Vienna.
Four of the lads’s Champions League last-16 second legs, initially slated for March 17 and 18, have been delayed due to the brand new coronavirus outbreak, together with all the Europa League last-16 return video games.
Europe’s high leagues have all been postponed, whereas the 2020 European Championship has been put again till subsequent yr.
Atletico Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Atalanta and RB Leipzig are the 4 groups to have to this point booked their locations within the Champions League quarterfinals.
More monetary ache for Uefa and Europe’s main golf equipment may very well be on the horizon if the Champions League can’t be accomplished.
Last season Uefa paid out 1.9 billion euros ($2.1 billion) in prize cash and TV income to golf equipment competing within the Champions League.
Ties from the quarterfinals onwards may very well be lowered to one-off video games somewhat than two legs, whereas the semifinals and finals may come collectively like a “final four” format typically utilized in basketball.
“Without any prejudice, those are also options,” Ceferin mentioned final week.
“We have different options, but really it’s far too early to be concrete. Whatever we decide, nothing is sure because we don’t know when this COVID-19 will stop and allow us to play.” (AFP)