UEFA have announced that they will chair a meeting between the 55 European football bodies on Wednesday to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 on the sport and possible solutions to pending issues.
The 55 sporting bodies last convened when they decided to postpone the Euro Championships until 2021 as a result of the spreading COVID-19 pandemic earlier in March.
The issue that will be discussed includes the financial impact that suspension of the various competitions will have on the football bodies and clubs around Europe as games have currently been suspended resulting in a severe loss of revenue.
More importantly for most, will be mapping a way forward that might see some of the major competitions finish their season within the stipulated time.
Although no major decisions are expected to be made at the meeting, the basis is for all stakeholders to receive an update on the financial impact facing football across Europe as well as possible scheduling options regarding finishing the pending competitions.
The postponement of the Euro’s has freed some time in the calendar but it still means that clubs will be under immense pressure to round up their fixtures before the commencement of the 2020/21 season.
Another variable that makes any decision making and planning almost impossible is the COVID-19 pandemic. Without knowing when the current situation will ease enough around Europe, at least to allow competitions to resume, it is impossible for the football stakeholders to commit to any sort of dates.
Also as a result of various European countries attempts to curb the spread of the Coronavirus, it will also be premature to try to assume what type of global and domestic restrictions may still be in place at the time as countries around the world are currently undergoing lockdowns.
A source within UEFA wen to tell Sky Sports that “None of us are in control,”
“But we have to plan for further dates.”
The football world waits to find out what resolutions may be reached on Wednesday when UEFA chair the meeting with the 55 European football bodies, but it is highly unlikely that anything regarding fixed dates will be discussed this soon as cases of COVID-19 still continue to rise throughout Europe.