UEFA aims to finish curtailed season in August

The European governing body for football, UEFA is reportedly considering to complete a curtained 2019-20 season in August.

Uefa, according to a report by The Times, London, is also considering an uninterrupted 2020-21 season for European football competitions to enable to completion of the currently halted games.

To minimise the “devastating effect” of the coronavirus crisis, the Champions League and Europa League could only be completed in August this year, The Times has reported.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has reportedly announced that football would have to resume in the domestic leagues by “mid-May, the start of June or the end of June” for the current season to be completed.

Uefa is reported to have been engage in behind the scenes negotiations with the domestic leagues about adjustments to the match calendar.

“There is also a proposal to complete the current campaign “at the start of next season”, Italian daily La Repubblica has reported. The 2020/21 season would inevitably have to start “a bit later” in this case.

Ceferin has told La Repubblica that “Nobody knows when the pandemic will end. We have a plan A, B, or C to restart in mid-May, in June or at the end of June. If then we wouldn’t be able to do any of these, the season would probably be lost.

“There is the possibility of ending this season at the start of the next, which would then be postponed and begin later. We’re in touch with the leagues, the clubs; there is a working group and we’ll see what solution is best for all. We have to wait, like any other sector.”

Uefa has already postponed this summer’s Euro 2020 men’s national team competition until next year to prioritise domestic calendars.

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