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Uefa puts off Champions League and Europa finals

Football
Tue, 24 Mar 2020


BERN: This season’s Champions League, Europa League and women’s Champions League finals scheduled for May have been formally postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, European soccer’s governing body Uefa said yesterday.

All three competitions are currently suspended along with almost every European domestic league because of the coronavirus while Uefa last week postponed the Euro 2020 tournament until next year.

There is no guarantee of these matches taking place though and work is now being undertaken to try to work out a formula that would allow the competitions to reach a conclusion.

“No decision has been taken on rearranged dates,” Uefa said in a statement. It also did not say whether it would be able to complete the competitions in the current format or would have to shorten them.

The Champions League was halted halfway through the return legs of the round of 16 with four ties still to be decided. The final was due to take place in Istanbul on May 30.

Some media reports have suggested ties could be reduced to one leg instead of two from the quarter-finals with a “final four” tournament in Istanbul.

In the Europa League, two of the round of 16 first leg matches have still to be played and all of the second legs. The final was due to be held in Gdansk, Poland, on May 27. The women’s Champions League final was scheduled for Vienna on May 24.

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