UEFA sends letter to clubs revealing target date to restart seasons


A joint letter from the Uefa, the Association of European Clubs and the European Leagues indicates that plans are underway to resume the seasons in July and that abandonment of competitions should be a “last resort”.

The European elite football leagues have suspended matches indefinitely amid the coronavirus pandemic and on Thursday the Belgian league abandoned its season, proclaiming Club Brugge champion.

However, the Belgian league still had a date to go before the play-offs between the first six clubs, which were canceled. Bruges was 15 points ahead of Ghent.

Reuters and the Associated press have obtained the letter – which was sent to national clubs and associations a few hours after the Belgian football federation declared Bruges the title winner – that the Uefa “focuses on scenarios covering the months of July and August, including understood the possibility that the UEFA competitions could start again after the completion of the national leagues ”.

UEFA believes it is “premature and not justified” to give up national competitions and that it is “of paramount importance” that the league’s campaigns are over.

“Only an extraordinary coordinated effort by all the organizers of competitions can help European football out of the crisis, by fully recovering its main asset, competitions,” said Uefa President Aleksander Ceferin, President of ECA Andrea Agnelli and President of EL Lars-Christer Olsson in the letter. . “Stopping competitions should really be the last resort after recognizing that there is no calendar alternative to conclude the season.

“Their work is now focused on scenarios covering the months of July and August, including the possibility that UEFA competitions will resume after the national leagues are completed. Joint management of the calendars is strictly necessary since the conclusion of the current season must be coordinated with the start of the new one, which could be partly affected by the excessive stretching.

“It is essential that even a disruptive event like this epidemic does not prevent our competitions from being decided on the field, in accordance with their rules and that all sports titles are awarded on the basis of the results. As responsible leaders in our sport, this is what we must guarantee, until the last possibility exists and planning, operational and regulatory solutions are available.

“We are convinced that football will be able to restart in the coming months – under conditions which will be dictated by the public authorities – and believe that any decision to abandon national competitions is, at this stage, premature and not justified.”

Manchester City are second in the Premier League quarter-final of the FA Cup and lead Real Madrid 2-1 after their first leg of the Champions League round of 16.

United is fifth in the standings, also in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup, and defeated LASK Linz 5-0 in their Europa League first leg. United last week reiterated its desire to end the season.


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