UEFA football chiefs meeting today have postponed this years European Championships until 2021 as the coronavirus (COVID19) continues to spread throughout Europe. All major European football bodies have already postponed their football seasons due the virus. The decision to postpone Euro 2020 was expected, the tournament was set to take place across 12 different European countries.
With the football leagues postponed until early April, the world is still non the wiser as to whether they will be completed. One scenario is that the European football leagues will be completed in the summer which now that Euro 2020 has been postponed until next year. One avenue UEFA could take is to allow England to host the tournament in 2021.
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin will speak today with representatives of European clubs, leagues and national federations in a view to making decisions on Summer 2020s European football schedule. Both the Italian and Spanish football federation have already indicated their willingness to finish the 2019/20 football seasons.
With the majority of European football leagues over 75% complete, a decision to make the season completely annulled would be controversial. It is likely that European football leagues will use the now vacated summer schedule to finish off their seasons. It is likely that the remaining league matches will be played behind closed doors. Whether or not footballers will have a say in whether they want to continue traveling across their respective countries remains to be seen.
The COVID19 has brought the world to a standstill with many nations closing down their borders and asking their populations to quarantine in the hope that the spread of the virus can be slowed. Stock markets, which had been rising prior to the panic caused by COVID19, according to Market Watch news, have now crashed.
Nobody knows how many deaths will occur due to the virus nor how long quarantine periods will last. Football fans and football chiefs will be praying for a vaccine to be found or for the virus to be contained.