Coronavirus has once again dealt a blow on yet again another international function.
This is coming in the light of a confirmation given by UEFA that the European Championship series for 2020 has been cancelled and a new date in 2021 released.
The 2020 series tagged Euro 2020 which was scheduled to start on June 12 through July 12 has been postponed by a year, following the outbreak of coronavirus.
According to reports, though the tournament has been postponed by twelve months, the format, however, has not changed, 24 nations will still be taking part in 12 host cities, during the new dates of June 11 through July 11, 2021.
The decision to postpone the tournament was made by UEFA’s Executive Committee during a videoconference meeting held today, according to reports reaching flawlessview.com, those who participated in the video conference were the body’s Presidents and General Secretaries of the 55 national associations.
Also present were representatives of the European Club Association, European Leagues and FIFPro Europe.
While addressing the press, UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin said:
“We are at the helm of a sport that vast numbers of people live and breathe that has been laid low by this invisible and fast-moving opponent. It is at times like these, that the football community needs to show responsibility, unity, solidarity and altruism.
“The health of fans, staff and players has to be our number one priority and in that spirit, UEFA tabled a range of options so that competitions can finish this season safely and I am proud of the response of my colleagues across European football. There was a real spirit of co-operation, with everyone recognising that they had to sacrifice something in order to achieve the best result.
“It was important that, as the governing body of European football, UEFA led the process and made the biggest sacrifice. Moving EURO 2020 comes at a huge cost for UEFA but we will do our best to ensure that the vital funding for grassroots, women’s football and the development of the game in our 55 countries are not affected. Purpose over profit has been our guiding principle in taking this decision for the good of European football as a whole.
“Football is an uplifting and powerful force in society. The thought of celebrating a pan-European festival of football in empty stadia, with deserted fan zones while the continent sits at home in isolation, is a joyless one and one we could not accept to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the competition.”