UEFA Champions League, Europa League final matches postponed due to coronavirus

UEFA Champions League, Europa League final matches postponed due to coronavirus

- UEFA Champions League final has been postponed till June 27

- The Europa League final will now be played on June 24

- UEFA have however suspended the prestigious Euro 2020 till next year

The UEFA Champions League and the Europa League final matches have been postponed until June 27th and June 24th respectively due to the rampaging coronavirus.

Both finals were earlier scheduled to take place in May, but with the suspension of some games due to the coronavirus, UEFA officials were forced to move the dates for the finals further.

The pandemic has disrupted both competitions since February, while elite leagues across Europe are also suspended.

"In the light of developments due to the spread of COVID-19 in Europe and related decisions made by different governments, all UEFA club competitions matches scheduled next week are postponed," UEFA said in a statement.

Both competitions are already halfway through the round of 16, but the dates for the continuation were not made clear. However, most leagues across the continent are billed to resume on April 3.

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In the same vein, Euro 2020 has been postponed until 2021 amid the outbreak of the deadly Coronavirus, cited on BBC. Europe's football governing body UEFA held a crisis meeting on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, and the decision was taken to move the tournament to the summer of 2021.

The prestigious tournament will now hold between June 11, to July 11, 2021, as against June 12, 2020, which supposed to kick off in Rome, Italy, and finish at Wembley on July 12, 2020.

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin and his crew held series of meetings before reaching the conclusion of canceling the tournament.

The final decision was taken as in an attempt to allow next club season to begin as scheduled and be the least disruptive option.

The tournament was scheduled to hold in 12 different cities across the continent to mark the competition's 60th anniversary.

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The meetings also involved the European Club Association and European League boards as well as a representative of players union FIFPro.

Another set of the gathering was held with UEFA 55 member associations, including the FA. It is understood that UEFA were reportedly looking to seek around £275million in compensation if the tournament was postponed.

Legit.ng also reported that South America’s football governing body have been forced to postpone the 2020 Copa America championship scheduled for this summer.

The continental competition was originally scheduled to hold in Argentina and Colombia between June 12 to July 12. It has now been moved to the summer of 2021 following the spread of the deadly virus.

According to Daily Star, all south American leagues have been suspended while other continental competition including Copa Libertadores has been put on hold recently.

The publication claimed the suspension will afford them time to complete the ongoing league season once the bug has been taken care of.

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Meanwhile, the Court of Arbitration for Sports have suspended all cases until May due to the outbreak of coronavirus which now give Manchester City a setback over their appeal.

Manchester City were recently banned by European governing body for two years from playing Champions League after they found the Citizens guilty of breaking the rules.

The two years ban given to Manchester City came as a surprise to manager Pep Guardiola and all the players with their fans seriously worried about the development.

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