UEFA no longer threatens to impose severe sanctions if national unions discontinue the competitions because of the corona virus on the advice of the government. A requirement is that clear guidelines have been established to determine which clubs play European football.
At the beginning of this month, UEFA said that termination of the competition “is in no way justifiable”. As a punishment, countries could potentially be excluded from European football.
After a video conference on Tuesday with representatives of the 55 UEFA countries, the tone of UEFA is more moderate. It is still strongly advised to finish the competition, but for “special cases” an exception can be made, it says in one statement from UEFA.
A plan has yet to be developed to arrive at the division of places in the Champions League and Europa League. Any decisions on this will be taken on Thursday at the next UEFA meeting.
Various scenarios presented
During Tuesday’s meeting, various scenarios were also presented for playing out the European club tournament and the calendar for country teams.
On Monday, UEFA already reported that the European Football Association has not set a hard deadline for all competitions to be completed. Chairman Aleksander Ceferin takes into account that the current season has not yet ended after August.
In the Netherlands, playing professional football is prohibited until at least June 1 and mayors want to extend that term to September 1, while the Bundesliga in Germany may resume in May.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte will give a press conference on Tuesday at 7 p.m. and it will probably become more clear about the situation in the Eredivisie and Keuken Kampioen Division, which have been standing still since the beginning of March.
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