UEFA has officially announced that the grand performance of the European Cup or Euro 2020 will be postponed until 2021.
The decision was inseparable from the Coronavirus pandemic which has not subsided to this day. Moreover, Europe is recorded as a breeding ground for this dangerous virus. Italy is listed as the second most affected country after China with more than 30 thousand cases found.
While throughout the world, there have been recorded more than 185 thousand positive cases of Corona Virus until this news was revealed. In the end, UEFA held an emergency meeting without face to face, with 55 members present on Tuesday local time (03/17).
There were a number of things discussed at the meeting, including the fate of the European Cup or Euro 2020 performance, which was originally to be rolled out in June 2020.
Considering that the covid-19 virus outbreak has never subsided, coupled with the postponement of club-level competition, eventually UEFA agreed to postpone this four-year performance. Unmitigated, they postponed it for the next 12 months.
That is, the new Euro 2020 competition will be held in June 2021. In addition, the 2020 European Cup playoff match which is scheduled to take place at the end of March, will be played in early June this year.
Speaking of the decision, UEFA President Aleksandr Ceferin spoke. He stressed that it was not easy to make a decision like this. However, it is also certain that all UEFA members have agreed on the policy.
Because, the most important thing is the health of everyone including the players and supporters.
“The health of supporters, staff and players must be our number one priority, and with that enthusiasm, UEFA proposes various options so that the competition can end the season safely and I am proud of the response of my colleagues throughout European football,” Ceferin said.
“There is a real spirit of cooperation, with everyone acknowledging that they have to sacrifice something to achieve the best results. It is important that as a European football body, UEFA leads the process and makes the biggest sacrifice,” he continued.
UEFA itself will return 100 percent of the money to ticket buyers who have already paid.