Coronavirus: UEFA likely to postpone Euro 2020 until next summer

Senior UEFA figures want Champions League and Europa League suspended which will impact on this summer's tournament

UEFA members will meet on Tuesday to discuss how best to proceed with domestic and European club competitions amid the coronavirus pandemic – with Euro 2020 likely to be postponed until next summer.

Senior UEFA figures want the Champions League and Europa League suspended from next week with the virus beginning to affect a number of the teams involved.
The meeting, which will be held via video conference, will see the 55 member associations discuss the issue and how it might affect Euro 2020, which is scheduled to begin on June 12.
For the first time in its history Euro 2020 will be played in 12 different European cities, from Dublin to Baku with the final remaining play-off places set to be decided at the end of this month.

UEFA said in a statement: "In the light of the ongoing developments in the spread of COVID-19 across Europe and the changing analysis of the World Health Organisation, UEFA has invited representatives of its 55 member associations, together with the boards of the European Club Association and the European Leagues and a representative of FIFPro, to attend meetings by videoconference on Tuesday 17 March to discuss European football's response to the outbreak.

"Discussions will include all domestic and European competitions, including UEFA EURO 2020. Further communication will be made following those meetings."

In the build-up to Tuesday's meeting, UEFA will draft a number of options to put to each association.

Each option will detail a number of consequences, especially financial, with the option to delay this summer's European football Championships giving domestic leagues time to finish their competitions over the summer.

Another option is expected to include having just one leg for the Champions League and Europa League quarter-finals and semi-finals this season.

Although it is understood no option is off-limits, UEFA are keen for all leagues to be finished to determine promotion, relegation, who are champions and who has qualified for future European club competitions.

A complete shutdown of European football this summer is the least-favoured option, while Europe's governing body would still need clubs and associations to agree to any changes.