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Euro 2020 officially POSTPONED

UEFA has confirmed that the Euro 2020 will be postponed until the summer of 2021 due to the worsening coronavirus pandemic.

Following crisis meetings yesterday, European football’s governing body decided that the postponement would allow “priority” to be given to finishing domestic leagues that have been suspended due to the crisis.

UEFA said in a statement: “UEFA today announced the postponement of its flagship national team competition, UEFA Euro 2020, due to be played in June and July this year.

“The health of all those involved in the game is the priority, as well as to avoid placing any unnecessary pressure on national public services involved in staging matches. The move will help all domestic competitions, currently on hold due to the COVID-19 emergency, to be completed.

“All UEFA competitions and matches (including friendlies) for clubs and national teams for both men and women have been put on hold until further notice.

“The UEFA Euro 2020 Play-off matches and international friendlies, scheduled for the end of March, will now be played in the international window at the start of June, subject to a review of the situation.

“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 and any other consequence of the decisions made today.”

A subsequent statement from UEFA also included added, “commitment to complete all domestic and European club competitions by the end of the current sporting season, i.e. 30 June 2020 at the latest, should the situation improve and resuming playing be appropriate and prudent enough.”

The competition will now be played between June 11 and July 11, 2021.

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