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UEFA advises leagues not to cancel their seasons

UEFA advises leagues not to cancel their seasons

European leagues have been urged not to “give up” their seasons, after officials revealed that they plan to resume matches from July.

UEFA, the European Club Association [ECA] and European leagues [EL] have written to 55 member associations, including clubs and leagues, asking them to “walk together” as they tackle the growing problems of the coronavirus pandemic.

The letter, seen by Sky Sports News, made it clear that associations should continue to work for a resumption of their seasons, when it is safe to do so.

“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,” he said.

“As responsible leaders in our sport, this is what we have to guarantee, until the last possibility exists and during 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.”

Belgian Pro League recommended to end season by board

Belgian Pro League recommended to end season by board of directors

UEFA chaired a conference call with each member association on Wednesday.

No association has raised the issue of canceling the current season, but since the meeting, the board of directors of the Belgian Jupiler Pro League has recommended the end of their season.

In the Netherlands, some clubs are also calling for an early end to their season.

Officials are working on scenarios that extend beyond the current preferred June 30 deadline.

“The working groups have met several times and are in daily contact to ensure that the primary objective of bringing all competitions to their natural end is achieved. To achieve this, concrete plans are being developed, “added the letter.

“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.

Ajax football director Marc Overmars (left) called for the abandonment of Eredivisie

Ajax football director Marc Overmars (left) called for abandonment of the Eredivisie

“While monitoring the current situation, the working group on the calendar will indicate as soon as possible, and ideally by mid-May, which plans can be adopted for the end of the season without leaving anyone behind . Stopping competitions should really be the last resort after recognizing that there is no calendar alternative to conclude the season. “

The letter, signed by UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin, ECA president Andrea Agnelli and EL Lars-Christer Olsson president, recognizes that public health remains the top priority.

“The current health crisis caused by the spread of Covid-19 has no precedent in our society and, in addition to the threat to public health, which is the undisputed number one priority, it has dramatically affected all industries and all economic sectors, ”he notes.

“We are walking united in the awareness that 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. Without unity and without solidarity, no one will be able to get out of the crisis because we are all interdependent. ”

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