Will an end of June finish be feasible? UEFA push Euros back a year and are set to call for 2019/20 season deadline
UEFA are set to announce that they want all domestic football leagues across Europe to be completed by the end of June, reports The Telegraph.
Europe’s governing body announced this afternoon, following a meeting between members, that this summer’s scheduled Euro 2020 tournament has be postponed until the summer of 2021. It also said that 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.
Yet to be confirmed, it’s being reported that UEFA are also set to declare that they want all domestic leagues, the Champions League and Europa League to be completed by the end of June, with all leagues across the continent restarting at the same time.
In England, all football has been suspended until April 4 at the earliest – but it’s becoming increasingly apparent that a further delay is going to be necessary given government projections that the crisis is likely to peak in 10 to 14 weeks.
The Premier League and Football League have been discussing possible solutions regarding how the 2019/20 season can be concluded, options being: declaring it null and void, finishing it with games behind closed doors as soon as possible, playing it out in normal conditions once it is safe to do so (and subsequently reducing the number of games for next season), or finishing now and promoting the teams that are currently in automatic promotion spots (with no-one going down from the Premier League).
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Typically, player contracts run until June 30 with the summer transfer window opening on July 1.
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