UEFA Calls Crisis Meeting To Discuss Postponing Euro 2020 Amid Coronavirus Concerns

UEFA could postpone Euro 2020 to allow international and domestic competitions which have been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic to be completed according to reports by French newspaper L’Equipe.

The coronavirus has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation meaning that infections are happening in different countries at the same time.

The pandemic has wreaked havoc to global sports calenders with domestic and continental European football leagues impacted too.

In response to the disruptions wrought by the disease, UEFA have called an emergency meeting for Tuesday, 17 March to determine a way forward.

One of the options to be considered at the meeting which will hold via video conference is the possibility of postponing Euro 2020 by one year.

Euro 2020 is due to take place from 12 June-12 July at venues across Europe.

The Women’s Euros are due to take place in England from 11 July-1 August 2021.

All UEFA 55 member associations, plus the boards of the European Club Association, the European leagues and a representative of world players’ union Fifpro have been called to the meeting where discussions will cover both domestic and continental competitions.

UEFA have called the meeting after several European football leagues suspended fixtures amid escalating spread of coronavirus.

Italy which is Europe’s worst-hit country has postponed Serie A until 3 April at least and two players – Juventus defender Daniele Rugani and Sampdoria forward Manolo Gabbiadini – have tested positive for coronavirus.

La Liga which had been set to hold behind closed doors for the next two weeks was suspended altogether after the entire Real Madrid squad was quarantined following a positive COVID-19 test for one of the club’s basketball players.

Ligue 1 in France has also been suspended and Switzerland called off its league last week after the government banned gatherings of more than 1,000 people.

UEFA’s competitions have also been impacted as the Europa League last 32 first leg ties between Inter Milan and Getafe was cancelled after the Spanish side refused to travel for the trip.

Sevilla’s tie against AS Roma was also cancelled after Spanish authorities banned all travel from Italy.

With no end in sight to the pandemic, there is no idea when the suspended fixtures can take place and the status of Euro 2020 has also been questioned with this year’s edition set to take place in 12 European cities.

Solutions to these issues will be sought at Tuesday’s emergency meeting.