Plan to complete EUROPEAN competitions

Uefa president Aleksander Cerefin says it has a “concrete plan” for finishing the European season “in August”.

The head of European football’s governing body told BeIN Sports;

As things look now, I’m sure that we can finish the European season and this means Uefa competition, the games will “have to be played without spectators” but hopes the “majority” of domestic leagues will complete the season.

The Premier League has nine rounds of fixtures remaining, while Paris St-Germain were awarded the Ligue 1 title after the French government cancelled the 2019-20 sporting season.

The German Bundesliga returned behind closed doors on 16 May and Spain’s La Liga hopes to do the same in June after players returned to training.

Cerefin said leagues which do not complete the season “will still have to play qualifiers if they want to participate in Uefa competition” next season.

But how will this work? The quarter-finals and semi-finals are expected to be played over two legs and there are still round of 16 matches to be completed. This means they’re is a minimum of five matchdays plus the final to be completed. The competition would have to resume in June to have any chance of finishing in August with a week between matchdays. Is this realistic considering only the Bundesliga has returned so far and there is other leagues will restart before June.

Euro 2020, due to take place from 12 June to 12 July this summer, will now run from 11 June to 11 July next year after a decision to postpone in March.

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