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UEFA President: Season Could Be Lost
Sunday, 29th Mar 2020 11:21

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin says the 2019/20 campaign could be “lost” if it isn’t restarted before the end of June.

Currently most leagues across Europe, including the EFL and Premier League, are suspended as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

As things stand the English divisions aren’t due to restart until April 30th but with the expectation that the hiatus is close to being extended further.

"If we don't succeed in restarting, the season will probably be lost," Ceferin told La Repubblica.

"There is a plan A, B and C. The three options are to start again in mid-May, in June or at the end of June.

"There is also the possibility of starting again at the beginning of the next [season], starting the following one later. We will see the best solution for leagues and clubs."

Ceferin has also not ruled out the option of playing games behind closed doors: "It's hard for me to imagine all the matches behind closed doors, but we still don't know whether we'll resume, with or without spectators. If there was no alternative, it would be better to finish the championships.”

UEFA previously stated that domestic seasons across Europe must be completed by the end of June.

Meanwhile, reports that the FA, Premier League and EFL’s current plan is to finish the season behind closed doors over four to six weeks starting in July.

It’s claimed a conference call between the Government and the governing bodies took place on Saturday where the plan was set out, although it remains subject to developments with the ongoing pandemic situation.

Clubs are then expected to go straight into 2020/21 but with measures to reduce fixtures, such as scrapping cup replays and perhaps the League Cup and Trophy, put in place.

Town have eight League One matches remaining, five at home, three away.

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ChateauWines added 11:45 - Mar 29
I never thought I would say this about football, but it really doesn't matter

cooper4england added 12:00 - Mar 29
Understand what your saying Chateau but also think to get the season finished to testament to the resilience of human kind. Of course it has to be safety first and any risk should see season called off. But if it means playing behind closed doors let's get it done so we can show we can adapt and not be beaten.

RobITFC added 12:35 - Mar 29
Hope they find a way of finishing this season , so unfair on many teams looking for promotion. Even if it means a change to next season ie. teams only play each other once to have a shorter season and then start properly again 2021/22 ?

ChateauWines added 12:40 - Mar 29
Cooper4England I totally get what you are saying. Would I feel differently if we were where we should be in league table? I honestly dont know. If safe to play, it would be great for moral especially if all games somehow televised. Stay safe

cooper4england added 13:11 - Mar 29
Et tu sir

ITFCsince73 added 15:39 - Mar 29
Forget this season. 20/21 season won’t happen.

Edmundo added 22:57 - Mar 29
We can't just hide in our houses forever. This season us very unlikely to re-start, but next might need to commence behind closed doors. It's the beginning of the end of the "golden age" of footy, as Sky would have us believe.

alfromcol added 19:20 - Mar 30
Why is football so important? Olympics off, Ryder Cup off, Wimbledon off, Horse racing off, Rugby off. People are dying. Why is this so important? As Abba sung: money,money, monry.

Saturday evenings are non-stressful now.

essextractorboy93 added 09:26 - Mar 31
We have to complete the season at some point but only when its safe to do so. Whether that's in June or the autumn or even later. Financial implications are huge. We don't need to rush and make a decision. Next season is going to be massively disrupted too. Complete the current season once it is safe to do so.

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