UEFA Announce That Euro 2020 Has Been Postponed Until 2021
UEFA Euro 2020 which was scheduled for this summer has been postponed until next summer.
The announcement has come following Tuesday's video conference meeting between governing bodies which discussed football's response to the COVID 19/coronavirus outbreak.
"UEFA today announced the postponement of its flagship national team competition, UEFA EURO 2020, due to be played in June and July this year.
"The health of all those involved in the game is the priority, as well as to avoid placing any unnecessary pressure on national public services involved in staging matches. The move will help all domestic competitions, currently on hold due to the COVID-19 emergency, to be completed.
"All UEFA competitions and matches (including friendlies) for clubs and national teams for both men and women have been put on hold until further notice. The UEFA EURO 2020 play-off matches and international friendlies, scheduled for the end of March, will now be played in the international window at the start of June, subject to a review of the situation."
Originally the tournament was slated to be across multiple different countries but it's currently unknown if it will remain in the same format.
The postponement of the competition will allow for extra time to complete domestic leagues which are currently suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
UEFA has postponed Euro 2020 until the summer of 2021. This will allow the Premier League and other leagues across Europe complete their competitions, if possible.
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Europe has become the epicenter of the recent outbreak which has seen over 169,000 people become infected around the world.
Postponement had been anticipated for a number of days and it emerged earlier on Tuesday that UEFA had cancelled hotel bookings in Copenhagen, one of the host cities last week.
Decisions on other UEFA competitions including the Champions League and Europa League 'will be taken and announced in due course.'
The slated dates for Euro 2021 would also cause and overlap with the Women's Euros which is set to start on July 7 2021, four days before the potentially scheduled Euro 2020 Final.
It continues a string of sporting suspensions over the last few days including the Premier League and NBA.