Coronavirus sees Euro 2020 postponed; new dates proposed

Date published: Tuesday 17th March 2020 12:40

The Norwegian FA have confirmed that Euro 2020 has been moved to the summer of 2021 due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

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.

In a post on Twitter, the NFF said: “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.”

Domestic competitions across Europe were due to be finished before Euro 2020, which was to be held in 12 different cities, began on June 12.

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.

The World Health Organisation says Europe is now the epicentre of the pandemic, which originated in China, making the tournament impossible to be staged this summer.

The postponement became the most viable option given the huge disruption caused to the 2019-20 domestic competitions across Europe, and to this season’s Champions League and Europa League.

It is now likely that the play-offs to decide the final four places at the tournament – which were due to be played later this month – can be postponed until later this year.

European football’s governing body are discussing plans for the rest of the season.

 

Meetings began on Tuesday morning and an announcement on any decision regarding the rest of the season is not expected until mid to late afternoon.

Meanwhile, Manchester United have scrapped plans to return to training on Tuesday.

 

 

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