UEFA President: Season could be lost

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin says the current football season could be lost if it cannot be restarted by the end of June.

All football in England is suspended until at least 30 April, with Aleksander Ceferin believing that football will have to be restarted before the important date of June 30.

“If we don’t succeed in restarting, the season will probably be lost,” the Slovenian said.

He told Italian newspaper La Repubblica: “There is a plan A, B and C.

“The three options are to start again in mid-May, in June or at the end of June.

“There is also the possibility of starting again at the beginning of the next [season], starting the following one later. We will see the best solution for leagues and clubs.”

Ceferin admitted that although it would be far from ideal, finishing the season behind closed doors could be the only solution.

“It’s hard for me to imagine all the matches behind closed doors, but we still don’t know whether we’ll resume, with or without spectators,” he said.

“If there was no alternative, it would be better to finish the championships.”

In agreement with the president of UEFA,  football.london  are reporting that the FA, Premier League and EFL’s current plan is to finish the season behind closed doors over four to six weeks starting in July, subject to ongoing advice regarding the pandemic situation.

It is understood clubs are then expected to go straight into 2020/21 but with cup competitions such as the League Cup and Leasing.com scrapped in a move to reduce the fixture schedule.

On Friday, The Premier League, EFL and PFA met and discussed the growing seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic. In truth, the statement meant virtually nothing has really changed:

The Premier League, EFL and PFA agreed that difficult decisions will have to be taken in order to mitigate the economic impact of the current suspension of professional football in England and agreed to work together to arrive at shared solutions.

The leagues will not recommence until 30 April at the earliest. They will only do so when it is safe and conditions allow.

Further meetings will take place next week with a view to formulating a joint plan to deal with the difficult circumstances facing the leagues, their Clubs, players, staff and fans.

Meanwhile, according to posts on social media, the Town players and staff are making calls to season ticket holders aged over 70 to see how they’re doing during the coronavirus pandemic.

Skipper Luke Chambers checked in on a Town fan in his eighties on Saturday morning, with the defender set to see how he is doing in a couple of weeks time.

Elsewhere, Paul Lambert has recorded a video urging fans to keep to the restrictions instituted to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

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Posted by Ipswich Town Football Club on Saturday, March 28, 2020

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