Aleksander Ceferin: UEFA president says football leagues could resume behind closed doors

Aleksander Ceferin: UEFA president says football leagues could resume behind closed doors

- Aleksander Ceferin believes failure to have resumption of football soon could lead to serious financial losses among stakeholders

- The football calendar was interrupted following the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic

- Many leagues especially in Europe were yet to conclude their current season

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has revealed football leagues across Europe are ready to resume action albeit behind closed doors.

Major sporting activities remain grounded following the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic including football, whose calendar has hugely been affected.

Leagues in Europe have been suspended since mid-March in an effort to combat the spread of the virus which has since claimed over 150,000 lives.

But Cefrin believes it is important football action resumes as it would be a step towards a return to normal life.

"I believe there are options that can allow us to restart cup championships and to complete them," Ceferin said in an interview with Italian daily Corriere della Sera.

"We may have to resume without spectators, but the most important thing, I think, is playing games," he added.

The UEFA president further added resumption of leagues would avoid heavy financial losses for stakeholders and protracted legal battles.

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On timelines, the Slovenian noted "activities are being organised to start again" adding it is early for anyone to conclude the season cannot be completed.

"It is early to say that we cannot complete the season. The impact would be terrible for clubs and leagues. Better to play behind closed doors than not at all," the head of European football observed.

"In such hard times it would bring happiness to people and a certain sense of normality even if the games can only be seen on TV," he continued.

Earlier, reported that former Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher is set for a sensational return to Old Trafford for an ambassadorial role.

Fletcher grew through the ranks of Manchester United's youth academy spending 20 years with the Red Devils.

During his stay, the Scottish midfielder made over 300 appearances in a red shirt, winning five Premier League titles, FA Cup, two League Cups and the UEFA Champions League.

Fletcher would later join West Bromwich Albion in 2015 before moving to Stoke City in 2017 where he spent two years.

Having ended his football career, the 36-year-old has now returned to Manchester United where he will team up with old team-mates Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Michael Carrick.

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