UEFA president admits season could be lost as coronavirus pandemic intensifies

Ross Houston
March 30, 2020

While some experts and clubs claiming that the season can not be revived and that it should be declared null and void.

UEFA will discuss the fate of this season's Champions League in a video conference meeting on Wednesday following an admission by Aleksander Ceferin, the president of European football's governing body, that this season could be "lost" if competitive action does not resume by the end of June.

Football has been brought to a halt by the coronavirus pandemic, and many supporters are desperate to know if the 2019/20 season will be able to be played in full.

"Any time after that and "the season will probably be lost".

Teams by and large have professed a desire to see the season completed in order to help preserve integrity, but now Ceferin has acknowledged that the organisation may be forced to scrub results across the board in these extraordinary circumstances if a restart of the game can not meet an early summer deadline.

Whilst Liverpool might be flying high in the Premier League, and just two wins from claiming their first title in 30 years, most other leagues aren't as clear cut.

"We could start again in mid-May, in June or even late June", Aleksander Ceferin told Italy's La Repubblica daily. There is also the possibility of ending this season at the start of the next, which would then be postponed, starting a little later.

Ceferin has said the finishing domestic leagues was the priority, even if it meant playing behind closed doors.

It's not a matter for us, it will be up to each league to decide.

"If there was no alternative, it would be better to finish the championships anyway".

"It's hard for me to imagine all the matches behind closed doors, but we still don't know whether we'll resume, with or without spectators", he added.

Manchester City vs Real Madrid, Juventus vs Lyon, Barcelona vs Napoli and Bayern Munich vs Chelsea were all yet to be decided when football had to be suspended.

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