UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has admitted that playing Champions League and Europa League matches behind closed doors is a possibility amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Both the Champions League and Europa League matches are currently suspended until further notice due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
Meanwhile, the finals of both competitions, and the final of the Women’s Champions League, all of which were scheduled for May, have already been postponed by the governing body.
There is no date yet for when professional football could resume across Europe, with several countries in lockdown as governments take measures to try and stop the spread of the virus.
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And Ceferin has reportedly been speaking about the possibility of playing games behind closed doors, as Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund and Valencia and Atalanta did in the round of 16.
“If the authorities do not allow us to play, then we cannot play,” Ceferin said when asked if the campaign could be scrapped, as quoted by reports in Germany.
“The fact is that we really don’t know much,” he said. “We are waiting for the development of this terrible situation in the world, and mainly in Europe.
“It is still better to play the game behind closed doors and have it on TV, which is what the people need and want because it brings positive energy to their homes, than not playing at all.”
Yesterday, UEFA released a statement refuting reports that Ceferin had set a deadline of August to complete matches in the Champions League and Europa League, adding that they were studying different options.
Coronavirus is having an impact across sport in Europe, with football league schedules suspended in several countries, including in England, Spain and Italy. But what happens next?
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