The 2019/20 European football season “would probably be lost” if it does not restart by the end of June at the very latest, according to UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin.
The governing body of European football has had to set up a task force to draft up a potential calendar for federations to follow after the outbreak of the coronavirus forced all of Europe’s major leagues to suspend their campaigns.
The suspension of the 2019/20 campaign in England is, at this moment in time, scheduled to last until April 30, at the very earliest, but an exclusive report from football.london yesterday revealed that the season is not expected to resume until July, with matches being ordered to be played behind closed doors during a four to six week period.
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UEFA have drawn up multiple scenarios for what may need to happen in the coming weeks and months for leagues right across the continent.
Despite that, however, Ceferin cannot assure people that it will be possible to bring the current season to an end, as nobody can predict how long the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak could possibly last for.
Speaking to an Italian daily newspaper, La Repubblica, Ceferin explained: “Nobody knows when the pandemic will end. We have a plan A, B or C: to restart in May, in June or at the end of June.
“If then we wouldn’t be able to do any of these, the season would probably be lost. There is also the possibility of ending this season at the start of the next, which would then be postponed, starting a little later.
“We’re in touch with the leagues, the clubs, there is a working group and we’ll see what solution is best for all. We have to wait, like any other sector.”
In England, the FA have already made the decision to declare the season null and void for non-league divisions below the National Leagues North and South, though no plans have yet been published to…