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Having to cancel Champions League is UEFA's greatest fear

Published:31/03/2020 - 09:55h

Updated:31/03/2020 - 12:21h

The world of football keeps facing the coronavirus crisis, but for now there are more questions than answers. Several sources warn that having to cancel the Champions League is the great fear of UEFA

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The world of football continues to battle the crisis, and strives to solve the unknowns that the coronavirus has opened. The ball has not been rolling for weeks and there is still no certainty about when it will be able to do it again, so that the present and the future are seriously threatened and pending the news provided by the health authorities. The activity in the offices is frantic in search of solutions.

UEFA has called a decisive meeting on Wednesday to discuss several key issues, in which it intervenes directly with the support of its member associations and also of FIFA, responsible for global sports management. The main theme is the reorganization of the 2019-20 calendar, but progress on issues such as contracts and the transfer market will also be shared.

The reprogramming of parties is the main challenge of international organizations, which at the moment have more doubts than certainties in their analyzes. Various action plans are handled based on all possible scenarios, but everything will depend on when there is a green light to play again. April is discarded, May or June begins to be assumed as ideal and later it would be a major problem.

Several media assure that the great fear is that the international competitions will have to be canceled if there is no time to complete the remaining qualifying rounds. One of the first agreements is that the future of the leagues must be safeguarded, so domestic tournaments will have priority. If they fail to close before August, the Champions League and the Europa League will be in danger.

Aleksander Ceferin recently assured that he is struggling to complete the season, but warned that all possibilities are considered. The most optimistic ones expect to play all the planned commitments, but they also did not hide the fact that the worst case is also contemplated: "If we do not succeed in restarting the competitions, this season will probably be lost. It is hard for me to imagine all the games that They are behind closed doors, we do not know if it will be possible to play with the public or not. And if there is no alternative, it will be better to end the tournaments".

Not closing the 2019-20 season would be an economic disaster

The priority for all sports authorities is to end the 2019-20 campaign, and then relocate the following ones. If the economic impact of the crisis is minimized, there will be greater guarantees for the future, despite the forced adjustments to place club and national team matches. The threat of not complying with the schedule is dangerous, because it would mean losing several billions of euros and would jeopardize the continuity of a show that would be seriously affected.

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