UEFA has confirmed that the European Championships have been delayed for one year to 2021.
Uefa has now confirmed this and given new dates for the competition. #bbcfootball
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During their emergency meeting today, UEFA made the decision to move the tournament to next summer. It will now take place from June 11th to July 11th, 2021.
Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin made the following statement on the decision:
“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 recognizing that they had to sacrifice something in order to achieve the best result.”
Earlier today, the Telegraph reported that UEFA would also announce that they would request all domestic leagues be completed by the end of June. That would put tremendous pressure on the Premier League to be able to finish its season.
However, the report in the BBC says that this postponement could allow time for leagues to be completed. So hopefully, UEFA won’t put restrictions on when domestic campaigns can be completed.