EURO2020 which was to start from the 12th of June to the 12th of July 2020 has been postponed. The governing body came to an agreement after assessing the request of the Italian football body requested yesterday for the postponement of the tournament. They held an emergency online meeting which was done through skype, it was a video conference involving major stakeholders of the body today Tuesday and resolved to shift the tournament.
The EURO2020 tournament will be held in 2021 and no more 2020, the body agreed that they will start the tournament on from the 11th of June to 11th of July 2021. This postponement will help the various European leagues which are presented on hold due to the increase rate and effect of coronavirus on sporting activities.
The English premier League, the German Boundesliga, Italian Serie A, and French Liege One are all on hold for now due to the virus. UEFA governing body said they wanted to avoid putting pressure on the players and the countries. They said: “we want to avoid placing any unnecessary pressure on national public services” of its 12 host countries, as well as helping allow domestic competitions to be finished.
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said: “We are at the helm of a sport that vast numbers of people live and breathe that has been laid low by this invisible and fast-moving opponent. “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 recognising that they had to sacrifice something in order to achieve the best result.”
This postponement of the EURO2020 has affected the plans and preparation for next year’s 2022 World Cup qualifying matches. The matches which were scheduled for June 2021, will be played at a different date, of which the date has not yet been released.
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