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disaster conferences round Euro 2020 and the Champions League

Because the sports activities world is paralyzed by the coronavirus pandemic, the destiny of Euro-2020, anticipated this summer time, of the Champions League and the Europa League, suspended on the stage of the eighth finals, should be mentioned on Tuesday by UEFA and representatives of the 55 member associations.

Will the coronavirus additionally achieve success in Euro-2020 soccer? On Tuesday 17 March, UEFA may resolve on a historic postponement after a disaster assembly dedicated to the way forward for continental competitors, scheduled this summer time in 12 nations (12 June-12 July).

Whereas all main European championships are interrupted, the destiny of the Champions League and the Europa League, suspended on the stadium of 8es closing, must also be mentioned all through the day.

And the speculation of a postponement of the Euro, reasonably than a cancellation, a primary in 60 years of existence and fifteen editions disputed thus far, is clarified.

On 12 March, the European confederation "invited the representatives of the 55 member associations (…) to conferences by videoconference to debate the response of European soccer to the epidemic". The discussions "will cowl all nationwide and European competitions in addition to Euro-2020".

A primary assembly will begin on Tuesday at 9 a.m. GMT between UEFA and the representatives of the golf equipment, leagues and gamers. A second will comply with at 12 p.m. GMT with the 55 member federations earlier than a gathering of the Government Committee of the physique at 1 p.m. GMT.

The scenario is made all of the extra difficult by the truth that the competitors is organized in twelve nations, with a gap match scheduled in Rome, Italy, one of many nations most severely affected by the pandemic.

UEFA "has no alternative"

With containment measures and closings of European borders rising, "UEFA has no alternative: it’s essential to postpone each the Euro and the Champions League", judges a framework for world soccer.

Italian coach Roberto Mancini sees no objection, as does the president of the Italian Federation (FIGC), Gabriele Gravina, who will "suggest to postpone the group of the Euro".

Noël Le Graët, head of the French Federation (FFF), nevertheless defined on Sunday that unanimity didn’t reign.

"There are individuals who need to play, others who are not looking for it. Half (of the federations) need to play, the opposite half doesn’t", he defined on the channel TF1. "There will probably be a debate and Tuesday on the finish of the day, the place of UEFA will probably be recognized for the Champions League, the Europa League, in addition to the European competitors (Euro, Editor's be aware)," he added.

Relating to the Euro, the choice of in digital camera appears tough to conceive. And it appears logical that UEFA favors a postponement to a cancellation of the competitors, an vital supply of tv rights.

Thus, Euro-2016, for the French market alone, had generated a complete of 110 million euros in TV rights, in accordance with figures reported by the press. And for this version organized 4 years in the past in France, UEFA reported a complete turnover of 1.92 billion euros, together with all income objects (TV rights, ticketing .. .).

But when the choice of postponement is most popular, the already overloaded worldwide calendar provides little or no latitude.

The proposal for a Euro rescheduled subsequent winter "dangers encountering opposition from the Leagues who’ve already agreed to droop their championship for the 2022 World Cup contested in November-December in Qatar", explains one other good connoisseur of the world soccer.

As for a Euro carried over to the summer time of 2021, it will be telescoped with the Membership World Cup programmed in China by Fifa, which expects important revenues.

With AFP

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