UEFA Hand Down A Deadline For Associations

UEFA has decided to give The Premier League and European leagues just under a month to provide the association with their proposed plan of action. UEFA’s Executive Committee will hold a conference call with its 55 associations on May 27, to ascertain how each league will move forward.

Each association must have a detailed plan of when their league will restart and what format the games will be played in. Alternatively, they should provide the association with substantial reasons if they cannot resume play. It is essential to UEFA that all competitions have resumed play by no later than June.

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In a statement released on the UEFA website, the association strongly suggested that the leagues find a way to complete their domestic competitions. UEFA confirmed that they have reached out to the Dutch FA to ascertain their reasons for voiding their season last week.

UEFA understands that all playing regulations need to adhere to the government’s restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Their statement highlighted that the health of individuals is paramount. “UEFA stresses that the health of players, spectators, and all those involved in football, as well as the public at large, must remain the primary concern at this time.”

It would be optimal that the league completes their seasons, to provide UEFA with the teams that will participate in the 2020/21 Champions League and Europa League. On April 23, UEFA released its guidelines for how teams can qualify for next season’s Champions League and Europa League. The statement said that qualification would be decided on ‘sporting merit’ if leagues cannot resume play.

Article submitted by Elizabeth Ringrose


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