COVID-19 halts UEFA games

Union of European Football Associations, UEFA, has postponed Euro 2020 until next summer.

Euro 2020 was due to begin on June 12 for one month but it has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has wreaked havoc on the sporting calendar.

The tournament, which involves 24 nations and takes place across 12 host cities, will instead be played in the summer of 2021, starting on June 11 and ending on July 11.

The news was first confirmed by the Norwegian FA on social media. According to their tweet, the competition will be played between June 11 and July 11, 2021.

The decision comes after UEFA held conference calls with its 55 member associations, the board of the European Club Association and the board of the European Leagues.

Domestic competitions across Europe were due to be finished before Euro 2020.

However, leagues across the continent have been halted in response to the coronavirus outbreak which has seen more than 169,000 people become infected around the world.

Also on Tuesday, 2020 Copa America was postponed until the summer of 2021 due to coronavirus.

The tournament had been due to take place in Colombia and Argentina between June 12 and July 12 of this year.

The scale and speed of the spread of coronavirus has stunned European football administrators.

Only two weeks ago it was barely discussed as all 55 associations gathered in Amsterdam for UEFA Congress and the Nations League draw.

The virus was referenced “in minutes” by UEFA’s top committee, as some officials in hotels joked about whether to shake people’s hands.

Rapid, deadly, developments forced the game to seriously reconsider its approach.

Suddenly, players and coaches tested positive, teams were affected, competitions were suspended, travel restrictions were put in place and European countries were placed on lockdown.

 

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