The Champions League final will be CANCELED if it cannot be played before August 3, UEFA admits … as President Aleksander Ceferin confirms plans for a one-legged knockout draw
- Aleksandar Ceferin says match dates and times may change when football resumes
- Ceferin is open to the idea of direct knockout tires to complete the competition
- The UEFA president says that the health of the public and players for football must come
UEFA has confirmed that the Champions League final will be canceled if the match cannot be closed on 3 August.
Football across Europe has been suspended indefinitely due to the global coronavirus pandemic.
It is still unknown whether the 2019/20 season will be completed or canceled across Europe, but UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin has set a deadline for European competitions.
UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin says August 3 is the latest date for European finals
Ceferin says the Champions League will be canceled if the final cannot be played within that deadline
Ceferin remains open to the idea of one-legged knockout bands to end the tournament
Ceferin said to German television channel ZDF: “It should be ready on August 3, both the Champions League and the Europa League.
“It is an extraordinary situation we are in, so we are flexible with dates and start times. If the crisis subsides earlier, we can start earlier. ‘
Some reports claim that Europe’s two biggest leagues can be decided by a one-legged knockout match and Ceferin admits that alternative formats are possible.
He added, “We can play with the current system, or in a one-off game on neutral ground. For now it is just an option to play with a last eight or last four.
Clubs could play a legged knockout to accelerate the completion of competitions
“The only wrong decision we can make right now is to play in a way that endangers the health and safety of players, fans and referees. However, if we are in safe conditions, I don’t see the problem. ‘
Another challenge for European competitions is the restrictions on international travel between countries severely affected by the pandemic.
Game supporters are unlikely to be allowed to travel abroad as they normally would until the virus has been completely eradicated.
As a result, matches would likely be played behind closed doors if European football resumes in time for the August 3 deadline.