It’s now Euro 2021 after Euro 2020 is called off

Euro 2020 became the latest victim in football, no thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.

In a report by the BBC, UEFA (the governing body of football in Europe) have decided to postpone the tournament by one year until 2021 after an emergency video conference amongst major stakeholders.

NEW DATES

Originally set for June 12 to July 21 this summer, the tournament will now be held from June 11 to July 11 in 2021.

UEFA said they wanted to avoid “placing any unnecessary pressure on national public services’’ of their 12 host countries. They also want to help allow domestic tournaments to be completed.

Aleksander Ceferin, the UEFA president 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,’’ referring to the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease.

He added: “It is at times like these, that the football community needs to show responsibility, unity, solidarity and altruism.’’

BIGGEST SACRIFICE

Ceferin also emphasized that it was important UEFA “led the process and made the biggest sacrifice.’’

As a result, European leagues that have been called off will now have a chance to be completed given the ample time.

UEFA have now scheduled the Women’s European Championship, due to be held in England in 2021, starting, starting July 7.

Also moved to June were friendly international fixtures slated this March.

QUALIFYING PLAYOFFS

The European Championship qualifying playoffs, set to begin this March, have earlier been reset to June.

Those playoffs include two-leg ties between Northern Ireland and Bosnia & Herzegovina, Republic of Ireland and Slovakia, and Scotland and Israel.

Also moved to June were friendly international fixtures slated this March.

Meanwhile, FIFA also said they will donate $10 million (8.3 million euros) to the World Health Organisation (WHO) Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund.

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