No decision will be made on the status of UEFA competitions amid the coronavirus outbreak until a video conference next week.
UEFA will host a video conference next Tuesday to discuss how European football should respond to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Champions League and Europa League have already felt the effects of the outbreak and speculation on Thursday suggested an immediate suspension of both competitions was imminent, with similar action having already been taken in domestic competitions across the continent.
However, European football’s governing body issued a statement to announce its conference, where the status of Euro 2020 will also be on the agenda.
The statement read: “In the light of the ongoing developments in the spread of COVID-19 across Europe and the changing analysis of the World Health Organisation, UEFA has today [Thursday] invited representatives of its 55 member associations, together with the boards of the European Club Association and the European Leagues and a representative of FIFPro, to attend meetings by video conference on Tuesday, March 17 to discuss European football’s response to the outbreak.
“Discussions will include all domestic and European competitions, including UEFA Euro 2020.”
Despite delaying its decision over a course of action for senior football, UEFA later announced all matches in its youth tournaments between March 14 and April 14 are postponed.
“This is a general precautionary measure, taken to avoid the possibility of players – many of whom would be minors – being stranded away from their families in the event of host governments declaring lockdowns or quarantines,” a separate statement read.
Two Champions League matches this week – Valencia v Atalanta and Paris Saint-Germain v Borussia Dortmund – took place behind closed doors, while Manchester United’s Europa League visit to Austrian club LASK and the games between Eintracht Frankfurt and Basel, and Olympiacos and Wolves will also be staged without supporters.
Juventus defender Daniele Rugani has tested positive for COVID-19, while Real Madrid have imposed a quarantine on their squad after a player from the club’s basketball team similarly contracted the virus.
As such, Madrid’s Champions League last-16 trip to Manchester City next week and Juventus’ game with Lyon – both scheduled on the same day as UEFA’s video conference – appear impossible to stage.
Madrid’s move to self-quarantine persuaded LaLiga to suspend its next two rounds of fixtures, while no games in Serie A will take place until April 3.
Sevilla’s Europa League match against Roma and Inter’s clash with Getafe have already been postponed.
All matches in Ligue 1 will take place in empty stadia until next month, while the decisions on whether Bundesliga matches can take place with fans present are been taken on a case-by-case basis.
In France and Spain, the finals of the Coupe de France and the Copa del Rey have both been postponed.
The Premier League is yet to take any division-wide action, although City’s planned game against Arsenal this week was postponed as a precaution after personnel from the London club came into contact with Olympiacos and Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis, who has tested positive for COVID-19.
Euro 2020 is due to be staged across 12 European cities in June and July, with the tournament kicking off in Rome. Bosnia-Herzegovina have asked UEFA to postpone their qualification play-off match against Northern Ireland because quarantine measures in the country would compromise which players they can select.
Declared a pandemic on Wednesday, the World Health Organisation said on Thursday there had been 124,518 confirmed coronavirus cases and 4,607 deaths.
Supercomputer Predicts The Champions League Winner For 2019-20 Season
Liverpool will fall short of successfully defending their Champions League crown, according to a supercomputer simulation.But Jurgen Klopp’s men, who have been in the final of the Champions League for the last two seasons, failed to retain the title in the supercomputer’s predictions.
BT Sport’s The Script predicted if Jurgen Klopp would lead Liverpool to their second consecutive Champions League trophy,Liverpool will fall short of successfully defending their Champions League crown, according to a supercomputer simulation.
But Jurgen Klopp’s men, who have been in the final of the Champions League for the last two seasons, failed to retain the title in the supercomputer’s predictions. Ahead of the Champions League group stage draw on Thursday, BT Sport’s The Script has been used to simulate the winner of Europe’s top-tier club competition. Premier League trio Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City all reached the knockout stage of the competition. But Spurs, who were last season’s runners-up, failed to make the round of 16. And Chelsea come up against Los Blancos in the quarter-finals and are subsequently knocked out of the competition. Liverpool’s hopes of retaining the Champions League end in the quarter-finals against Barcelona. But Barca have the last laugh this time around as they beat Liverpool to set up El Clasico for the Champions League semi-finals.
Madrid beat Barcelona in the semi-finals and progress to the final to meet Bayern Munich, who knocked out Juventus. Zinedine Zidane’s men walk away triumphant with another Champions League crown after defeating the German champions 3-2 in the final. Atletico Madrid, who reinforced heavily this summer, were knocked at the hands of Bayern Munich in the round of 16.And Paris Saint-Germain reached the quarter-finals, only to narrowly lose 3-2 on an aggregate scoreline to the Bavarians.
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Champions League: UEFA Confirms Quarter Final Dates For Champions league
Bundesliga has announced its league will in action starting from 22 May while Serie A is also tipped to continue either this month or next to one, UEFA has indicated that they are working on its competition resumption in August despite agreeing that they are still in darkness over the situation.
According to RMC Sport, French club Lyon who shocked Juventus 1-0, is expected to play the return League in Turin on 8th August.
In a meeting that took place this morning in Turin between the presidents of the main European clubs, UEFA has confirmed that they are determined to finish 2019/2020 edition at all costs.
With other states working on how to either end or continue with championship which could come to an end of July, European football management body would also have found a date for the quarter-finals.
The quarter’s finals are tipped to take place on 10th,11th, or 12th August.
French giants Paris Saint-Germain, who eliminated Borussia Dortmund in the round of 16, could make their big comeback in action even after their league was canceled.
Portsmouth FC suggests Zorbing to resume EPL !!!
As an exit to the current Corona Virus trap for the EPL season a weird suggestion came up from Hampshire
• The Portsmouth club administration proposes to complete the season by wearing each zorb player to limit the spread of Corona
• Also, they suggested that the fans wear it, too!
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