Aleksander Ceferin, UEFA President, with the Champions League trophy

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Ceferin puts Champions League deadline and talks about the option of not playing

Published:4/04/2020 - 21:24h

Updated:5/04/2020 - 00:51h

Aleksander Ceferin, UEFA President, spoke about the current situation in European competitions due to the coronavirus. The Slovenian set a deadline for the Champions League and assured that he contemplates the possibility that it cannot be played

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Aleksander Ceferin, president of the UEFA, attended to the German chain of television ZDF and spoke on the situation in which they find the European competitions in these moments by fault of the coronavirus. The esloveno ensured that so much the Champions League like the Europe League have to be finished before 3 August. "The deadline to restart the tournament is in July. On 3 August it has to be all finishing, so much Champions like Europe League", commented.

The responsible maximum of the organism of European football explained that all have to adapt to the current situation and that from the UEFA will put everything of his part. "The situation is extraordinary. We will be able to play in the same dates that the local championships, to the same hour, have to be flexible. If the crisis detains , will begin before", explained.

Besides, it spoke of the possibility to change the format of the competition for like this have more possibilities to be able to go back to play so much Champions like Europe League. "Can play with the current system or do it to an alone party with draw between playing home or was or in neutral field. For now it is only theoretical that can play a 'final to eight' or a 'final to four'", aimed, in reference to what comments that the League of Champions can be a species of 'Final Four'.

Ceferin Was conclusive in his message and wanted to stand out that the UEFA has the hands tied until the Governments give free road to go back to play. Besides, it spoke of the possibility to play to enclosed door and admitted that it is better this that at all. "Have different plans for reiniciar the Champions and the Europe League in May, June, July or if we do not go back to play. If the authorities do not allow us play, will not be able to do it. We depend on the national Governments. In any case it is better to enclosed door and with television, the football is what the people wants to", insisted.

Related with this, the president of the UEFA recognised that they do not go to put in risk the health of the players and fans, but that if the situation allows it the turn of the football will be good for all. "The only mistaken decision would be to play so that it put in risk the health of players, fans, referees... But if it is safe and the health is not in danger, do not see problem. The sport brings energy, need the sport. The people is nervous and anxious", commented.

It loaded against the Belgian league and asked solidarity

Finally, the esloveno loaded against the Belgian league for having decided finish with the competition and use the current classification for dirimir to the champion and the rest of positions. Ceferin Pleads for to go all to one and not taking selfish measures. "The Executive Committee of the UEFA could decide that, having finished the season prematurely, there is not champion neither classified teams. I do not see why they have had so much haste in deciding something like this, could have expected to finals of April and afterwards decide. We have to decide together, joined and show solidarity. The partial or selfish decisions do not go well", concluded.

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