Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The St Patrick's Day Massacre: Copa America & The Euros are off

UEFA AXES THE EUROS IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19,  CONEMBOL DELAYS THE COPA AMERICA


The European Championship will not happen this year. UEFA issued a press release today confirming all its competitions have been put on hold until further notice.


While March's international window has been provisionally moved to June, Euro 2020 has been put back a year until the 11th of June to the 11th of July 2021.

Ticket holders will be reimbursed if they desire.

Although not mentioned in today's press release, there is now no conceivable way the 2021 UEFA Nations League will take place.

The hiatus will be reviewed by a UEFA working group but European football's governing body is hoping that by cancelling the summer tournaments, the suspended domestic leagues will be able to complete their schedules.

Everything is up in the air though. The Champions League, currently stuck halfway through the Round of 16 stage, is supposed to conclude on the 30th of May in Istanbul with the Europa League in Gdansk three days earlier, but right now it is hard to see either happening.

CONMEBOL, South American football's governing body, also announced this summer's Copa America tournament has been postponed until the summer of 2021.

Argentina and Colombia remain the hosts but the tournament will now take place between the 11th of June and 11th of July 2021.

Football worldwide has been paused.

(c) Sean O'Conor & Soccerphile

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