Coronavirus: UEFA confirm Euro 2020 moved to 2021



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UEFA has now confirmed that the European Championship has moved back to 2021.


Euro 2020 was due to begin on June 12 and run until July 12 but, following the coronavirus outbreak, the decision has been made to postpone the finals for 12 months.


The format will remain the same, with 24 nations taking part and 12 host cities, and the proposed new dates are June 11 to July 11, 2021.


The decision was made by UEFA’s Executive Committee following video conference meetings held today with the Presidents and General Secretaries of the 55 national associations, as well as representatives of the European Club Association, European Leagues and FIFPro Europe.


UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin 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.


“It was important that, as the governing body of European football, UEFA led the process and made the biggest sacrifice.  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.”

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