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UEFA | Coronavirus

Football could resume behind closed doors from June 5

A UEFA letter to its 55 members aims to encourage the conclusion of all competitions, with the governing body planning to present a revised calendar by May 18.

Aleksander Ceferin, presidente de la UEFA
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LaLiga could restart on June 5 provided that the Spanish government gives authorisation and as long as such a move falls in line with UEFA’s plans for other leagues. And, if necessary, the remaining 11 matches in the Spanish championship will be played behind closed doors.

This is the scenario towards which LaLiga is currently working based on the current trajectory of the coronavirus, with plans to release a condensed fixtures calendar possibly by 18 May.

LaLiga and the Premier League are the UEFA members that have been pushing the hardest for the conclusion of the current championships, even if it is necessary to run into next season’s calendar. Though, for now, that is not an option being contemplated by UEFA, which remains optimistic about finishing the leagues in the summer.

UEFA’s Director of Competitions, Giorgio Marchetti, is currently working on a calendar that he wants to present in mid-May, as well as the possibility of finishing the European competitions in a 'final four' format, as has been reported by Diario AS.

However, this whole plan was called into question by comments made by UEFA president, Aleksander Ceferin, who has told German network, ZDF, that it may not be possible to resume the current seasons.

UEFA calls for unity

Ceferin’s latest comments neither agree with what he himself said in a letter issued to the 55 member associations, in which he stated that UEFA’s priority is to bring all of this season’s competitions to “their natural end”. That letter was also signed off by ECA president, Andrea Agnelli.

But whatever happens, UEFA wants to see unity across the board among its 55 members and does not like the Belgian league’s idea to end its unfinished season by handing the title to Club Brugge. That idea that has also been put forward by Holland’s Eredivisie.

In a bid to stop such an idea catching on, the European governing body reminded its affiliated associations that both the Champions League and the Europa League admission rules may not allow for the entry of teams from leagues that have not been completed.


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