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UEFA: Season Must Finish By End of June
Tuesday, 17th Mar 2020 18:50

UEFA, the European Club Association, European Leagues and FIFPro Europe have signed a joint resolution committing to end the 2019/20 domestic campaign and European club competitions by June 30th.

Leagues throughout Europe, including the EFL and Premier League, are currently suspended, at present to April 3rd but with the expectation the hiatus will be considerably longer.

UEFA outlined the agreement on its website: “A commitment to complete all domestic and European club competitions by the end of the current sporting season, ie 30th June 2020 at the latest, should the situation improve and resuming playing be appropriate and prudent enough.

“Possible limitations or drops of current exclusive calendar slots, potentially resulting in the scheduling of domestic league matches in midweek and scheduling of UEFA club competitions matches on weekends.

“Possible adaptations of the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League qualifying rounds in case of late completion of the 2019/20 sporting season, ie after 30th June 2020.

“A working group composed of representatives from UEFA, leagues and clubs will be immediately established to examine relevant calendar matters and devise solutions allowing for the resumption and/or conclusion of the current season in a coherent manner.

“A second working group composed of representatives from UEFA, leagues, clubs and players will be set up at a later stage to assess the economic, financial and regulatory impact of the Covid-19 outbreak and propose measures to help mitigate the consequences of the pandemic.”

Earlier today, UEFA confirmed that Euro 2020 will now take place in the summer of 2021.

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Bugs added 20:12 - Mar 17
Not going to happen. I'm not sure even behind closed doors games will be feasible soon.

ArnieM added 20:42 - Mar 17
But games behind closed doors is exactly how to finish off this season. Its about fulfilling the league games only now. The season as a spectacle is over now. But promotions / relegations have to be determined by Clubs completing their fixtures. Clubs just need to get on with it now.

atty added 20:43 - Mar 17
Interesting to see how this works with players whose current contracts run out at the end of season as was. Would they agree to extend their contracts to the 30th June or beyond of course, particularly if they had an good offer from a bigger club, or even a club in the same division, who they could end playing for against their current team?

TractorRoyNo1 added 20:53 - Mar 17
They will write this season off and start again in September

WeWereZombies added 21:52 - Mar 17

Radlett_blue added 22:13 - Mar 17
Unsurprisingly, UEFA's agenda is to finish their own competitions & this secure broadcast & sponsorship revenue. The priority should be getting domestic leagues to a conclusion.

Bert added 22:53 - Mar 17
Can’t see it happening. Although it would be rough justice, it may be fairer to freeze all leagues as they are, abandon play offs and promote the top three and relegate the bottom three as it used to be. Nobody can really argue that Liverpool should not be crowned Premier champions. For those clubs with games in hand it would be difficult to swallow but there is no easy answer. Don’t suppose Norwich would be happy either !

Doctor_Earman added 00:42 - Mar 18
Forget the likes of Liverpool for a second who are rolling in money and therefore wouldn't notice the loss of gate receipts, what about the Accrington's and Grimsy's of this world? They would most likely go to the wall if they lose all that gate money. If the season is completed by the 30th June deadline then great, if not then UEFA need to give these clubs solidarity payments as compo.

Chrisd added 06:47 - Mar 18
Realistically, I can't see it happening. Things have slowed down hugely in China, which is very encouraging, but that's taken near on 3 months. If that transcends to Europe, that means 3 months from now would take us towards the back end of June before a ball has been kicked.

essextractorboy93 added 09:33 - Mar 18
No way is this going to happen. I think next season will be affected too. Do teams who look likely to be relegated from the Premier League this season get an additional year of parachute payments? The easiest thing is giving Liverpool the league, the most difficult aspect of this is the promotion/relegation and sorting out the European places. Leeds and West Brom in particular will be absolutely fuming if the season is cancelled. Coventry in this league would be angry too.

Finish this season once it is safe to do so and then gradually readjust the calendar. Start the season in January 2021 and have to run until November 2021 with the Euros in the middle of the season. Then run the following season from January 2022 to October 2022 as it is a winter world cup in Qatar. I think this is the best solution. Then after the World Cup, slowly readjust the European footballing calendar.

JewellintheTown added 10:04 - Mar 18
China telling us they've slowed and China telling the truth aren't always the same. Besides, if they come out of hibernation and still unknowingly have the virus, they could start the pandemic all over again. No one even knows if it can be caught multiple times. I think this is something we'll have to all get to build immunity to and live with its evolution in the future, rather than eradicate it completely. Sport will need to adapt too, but than again we've always run the risk of catching the flu or colds or other air born illnesses at matches & large gathering events, its just a variation of the same. Life will settle down though.

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