UEFA Reschedules Matches Due to Coronavirus OutbreakBy Menzilla | March 18, 2020
The European Championship was postponed this year because of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, UEFA announced.
It has been said that the football tournament is set to kick off on June 12 in Rome, Italy. The event will take place in 12 different cities. But because of the outbreak, the event is set to happen between June 11 to July 11 next year.
Alongside this, Europe’s top football leagues were suspended as well. UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin said in an interview,
“It is at times like these, that the football community needs to show responsibility, unity, solidarity, and altruism. The health of fans, staff, and players has to be our number one priority and in that spirit, UEFA tabled a range of options so that competitions can finish this season safely and I am proud of the response of my colleagues across European football. There was a real spirit of co-operation, with everyone recognizing that they had to sacrifice something in order to achieve the best result.”
Also, the UEFA Executive Committee member and European Clubs Association chairman Andrea Agnelli said,
“The focus now will be to come up with solutions to conclude the 2019/20 club season in the most practical manner and, beyond that, ensure football, like society as a whole, returns as quickly as possible to its natural form and rhythm,”
The issue of profit is also talked about. UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin said in an interview,
“Moving Euro 2020 comes at a huge cost for UEFA but we will do our best to ensure that the vital funding for grassroots, women’s football and the development of the game in our 55 countries is not affected. Purpose over profit has been our guiding principle in taking this decision for the good of European football as a whole. Football is an uplifting and powerful force in society. The thought of celebrating a pan-European festival of football in empty stadia, with deserted fan zones while the continent sits at home in isolation, is a joyless one and one we could not accept to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the competition.”
All remaining EURO 2020 play-off matches are now rescheduled to continue in June.