UEFA has announced that Euro 2020 has been postponed by a full calendar year due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Here, the PA news agency takes a look at the key points.
When will it now be played?
UEFA today announced the postponement of UEFA EURO 2020.
A working group has been set up with the participation of leagues and club representatives to examine calendar solutions that would allow for the completion of the current season…
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— UEFA (@UEFA) March 17, 2020
The tournament will now take place from June 11 to July 11 in 2021. Euro 2020 was due to be staged in 12 different cities across Europe from June 12 to July 12 this summer, with the semi-finals and final to be at Wembley.
What happens to the play-offs?
The qualifying play-off semi-finals and finals, which were due to take place at the end of the month, have now been rescheduled for the international window at the end of June, subject to a review. Given the current levels of disruption that may seem ambitious, but UEFA knows a further delay
would impact the Nations League scheduled for the autumn. Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are all due to take part in the play-offs, with England and Wales having already qualified.
How does this affect club competitions?
Hope. Expectation. Excitement. We couldn’t wait for the nation to unite in support of the #ThreeLions this summer.
— England (@England) March 17, 2020
UEFA said the decision was made with “priority given to completing domestic competitions” before the European Championship takes place. No new dates have been given for the Champions League or Europa League games affected by the postponement, with a working group established to look at possibilities.
Copa America also moved
UEFA’s statement also confirmed that the 2020 Copa America is moving to prevent European clubs losing players to international duty as they are trying to complete their seasons. UEFA did not confirm the new dates for the confirmation, but it has been reported it will also be staged in the summer of 2021.
Purpose over profit – Ceferin
UEFA president Alexander Ceferin said: “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.”