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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Coronavirus: Champions League and Europa League finals officially postponed and could be scrapped altogether

UEFA has officially postponed the men's and women's Champions League finals and the Europa League final which could all be scrapped altogether due to the coronavirus pandemic.

All three finals were due to be played in May with Turkey's Istanbul set to host the men's Champions League final on May 30, while the Europa League final was due to take place on May 27 at Gdansk in Poland.

Last week UEFA put in place provisional dates of June 24 and 27, but the European football’s governing body has now decided to postpone the Champions League and Europa League finals with no rearranged dates discussed.

It was also discussed at the meeting of the European Clubs’ Association whether to abandon them altogether.

According to the Mirror, the postponement means in reality that even UEFA have no idea when football will restart - but there is an acceptance the season will not be completed by the end of June which was their original target.

The UEFA statement read:

“As a result of the COVID-19 crisis in Europe, UEFA has today formally taken the decision to postpone the following matches, originally scheduled for May 2020:

UEFA Women’s Champions League Final
UEFA Europa League Final
UEFA Champions League Final

“No decision has yet been made on rearranged dates.

"The working group, established last week as a result of the conference call among the stakeholders of European football, which was chaired by UEFA President, Aleksander ?eferin, will analyse the options available.

"The group has already begun its examination of the calendar. Announcements will be made in due course.”

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