UEFA aim for domestic leagues to recommence in July
UEFA have urged all domestic competitions to recommence at the beginning of July, stressing that the coronavrius pandemic ‘does not prevent our competitions from being decided on the field’.
Going back on his initial claim of the season could be lost, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has now signed a letter which has been issued to 55 associate members stating their confidence in restarting the domestic campaign, with early July the initial date being earmarked.
UEFA originally hoped that season would be completed by June 30, which is the date where many players across the world become free agents, a date which is now impossible and a short-term solution to the contract situation will have to be decided.
The letter, which has been covered on SkySportsNews reads: ‘As responsible leaders in our sport, this is what we must ensure, until the last possibility exists and whilst planning, operational and regulatory solutions are available.
‘We are confident that football can restart in the months to come – with conditions that will be dictated by public authorities – and believe that any decision of abandoning domestic competitions is, at this stage, premature and not justified.”
‘The working groups have held several meetings and are in daily contact to ensure that the overriding objective of taking all competitions to their natural end is met. In order to achieve it, concrete plans are being drawn up,”
‘Their work is now focusing on scenarios encompassing the months of July and August, including the possibility that the UEFA competitions restart after the completion of domestic leagues. A joint management of calendars is strictly required as the conclusion of the current season must be coordinated with the start of the new one, which may be partly impacted because of the overstretch.
‘Closely following the development of the current situation, the calendar working group will indicate as soon as possible, and ideally by mid-May, which of the plans can be enacted for the completion of the season without leaving anyone behind. Stopping competitions should really be the last resort after acknowledging that no calendar alternative would allow to conclude the season.”
‘The current health crisis caused by the spread of Covid-19 has no precedents in our society and, on top of the threat posed to public health, which is the uncontested number one priority, it has dramatically hit all industries and economic sectors.
‘We walk united in the awareness that only an extraordinary coordinated effort of all competition organisers can help European football out of the crisis, recovering in full its core asset, the competitions. With no unity and no solidarity, nobody will be able to get out of the crisis as we are all interdependent.’