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Sport UEFA talks: Will the season finish?

05:45  01 april  2020
05:45  01 april  2020 Source:   skysports.com

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UEFA will be discussing a range of different issues, including how to finish the season , at a meeting on Wednesday. UEFA will hold talks with every European association on Wednesday to discuss the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Sky Sports News' chief reporter Bryan Swanson looks at the

Senior football executives contemplating how to deal with the crisis caused by Covid-19 are now talking about June being optimistic as a time to restart the game.

a close up of a football field: UEFA will be discussing a range of different issues, including how to finish the season, at a meeting on Wednesday © Getty UEFA will be discussing a range of different issues, including how to finish the season, at a meeting on Wednesday

UEFA will hold talks with every European association on Wednesday to discuss the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Sky Sports News' chief reporter Bryan Swanson looks at the main items on the agenda…

This is the first time all 55 national associations in Europe have joined a call since March 17, when they took the unprecedented decision to postpone this summer's European Championship by a year.

UEFA has two working groups looking at everything from the football calendar to the financial impact of an unprecedented global pandemic. This is their opportunity to update the governing bodies of each country, including the associations of England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

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According to the Times UEFA are now developing plans to finish the the current season in August - when the 2020-21 season was scheduled The season -opening Australian Grand Prix was called off after a McLaren team member came down with Covid-19, leading to the British team pulling out prior

Clubs, leagues and Uefa are determined to finish the season if at all possible for reasons of sporting integrity and to avoid owing a huge financial rebate to broadcasters and sponsors. The groups have focused on how players’ contracts due to end on 30 June can be extended if the season has to run

FILE - In this Thursday, March 12, 2020 file photo shows a sign taped by Eintracht fans on a wall of the stadium during a Europa League round of 16, 1st leg soccer match between Eintracht Frankfurt and FC Basel in Frankfurt, Germany. All Champions League and Europa League games were postponed by UEFA on Friday March 13, 2020 because of the coronavirus outbreak. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. (AP Photo/Michael Probst) © ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE - In this Thursday, March 12, 2020 file photo shows a sign taped by Eintracht fans on a wall of the stadium during a Europa League round of 16, 1st leg soccer match between Eintracht Frankfurt and FC Basel in Frankfurt, Germany. All Champions League and Europa League games were postponed by UEFA on Friday March 13, 2020 because of the coronavirus outbreak. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

The video conference call is scheduled to last up to 90 minutes, and will be chaired by UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin, who has remained in Slovenia.

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This season Manchester City have won the latter already - meaning sixth place in the Premier League now gets a Europa League spot. Things are confused further by the fact the Champions League and Europa League winners get an automatic place in the following season 's Champions League group

The 55 member associations in UEFA have been invited to join a conference call with European football 's governing body on Wednesday for an update on plans being drawn up to manage the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Here's what's up for consideration. Finishing the season .

No major decision is expected. It is thought that UEFA only announced details of this latest meeting because they knew details would emerge, following several leaks during their last conference call.

There will be discussions over rearranged dates for the Women's 2021 European Championship, staged in England, and Men's 2021 Under-21 European Championship, held in Hungary and Slovenia.

Aleksander Čeferin wearing a suit and tie: UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin will chair the meeting of the 55 national associations © Getty UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin will chair the meeting of the 55 national associations

UEFA's ambition remains to finish their competitions, even if it involves reducing quarter-final and semi-final ties to one game over a neutral venue.

In the Champions League, 12 clubs from five countries - England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain - are waiting to find out whether this season's competition will restart.

Four matches in four countries remain outstanding in the round-of-16 second leg, including Manchester City vs Real Madrid and Bayern Munich vs Chelsea.

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European football - just like sport across the globe - is currently on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, with Spain and Italy the countries feeling A statement read: " Uefa has invited the general secretaries of its 55 members associations to a videoconference on Wednesday 1 April at midday to

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin told the Italian newspaper La Repubblica that there were a number of options for concluding the season , which has been “If there was no alternative, it would be better to finish the championships anyway,” he said. “But I can say that I don’t think about the finals of the

A number of Champions League and Europa League matches were played behind closed doors prior to the suspension of the tournament © Getty A number of Champions League and Europa League matches were played behind closed doors prior to the suspension of the tournament

In the Europa League, 16 clubs from 11 countries are affected, with remaining fixtures including Bayer Leverkusen vs Rangers, Wolves vs Olympiakos and Manchester United vs LASK.

Every round-of-16 second leg was postponed.

Coronavirus is affecting countries in different ways, and therein lies the problem. UEFA cannot agree dates for its competitions to return until the pandemic peaks in their competing associations.

"None of us are in control," concedes one UEFA insider. "But we have to plan for further dates."

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There is a determination to finish this season, and June 30 remains the preferred deadline for Europe's leagues and competitions.

But finishing the season in July, and possibly later, will also be discussed.

There is obvious frustration by a lack of ability to establish any dates, but administrators acknowledge that their competitions must always remain second to the No 1 priority of saving people's lives and avoiding any additional strain on health services across Europe.

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"I've been in the garden, with the kids, working on finishing and the strikers should be working on finishing or their movement. "Most of the players have got good facilities and decent gardens so, hopefully, their wives and girlfriends will be able to put some passes and crosses in!"

The report also claims that both FIFA and UEFA will hold further talks this week to discuss 'longer-term' fixtures. It was further reported that the Premier Footballing authorities are determined to finish the current domestic season with so much still on the line for most clubs, including the title, European

Yes, as will the issue of player contracts. But UEFA will be guided by FIFA's working group on these difficult issues. Every association will have their own preference, and there is no quick fix.

a close up of a man throwing a ball: Borussia Dortmund and England winger Jadon Sancho is one player attracting interest from a number of clubs ahead of the summer © Getty Borussia Dortmund and England winger Jadon Sancho is one player attracting interest from a number of clubs ahead of the summer

In terms of player contracts, employment law in each country will also play a significant part in discussions with FIFA. It is a complex situation.

The game needs to work together. This pandemic has led to organisations in world football having to reach agreements like never before, and at pace. Everybody acknowledges that something will have to give, and officials appreciate that there is no perfect solution.

UEFA can only provide clarity when health bodies in each country give the green light to tentatively resume, even behind closed doors.

European football is desperate to return, but only when it is safe to do so.

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