UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin says current season could be ‘lost’ if not restarted in late June
- UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin has warned that the season could be “lost.”
- Ceferin says finishing competitions is a priority, even if the games take place behind closed doors
- The 52-year-old did not rule out the possibility of extending the campaign
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The head of European football’s board said the current season could be ‘lost’ if it cannot restart in late June, although he has not ruled out extending it until the next season.
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin told the Italian newspaper La Repubblica that there were a number of options to end the season, which have stalled in Europe due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“There are plans A, B and C. The three options are to start again in mid-May, June or late June, if we fail, the season is likely to be lost,” he said.
Aleksander Ceferin says the season could be ‘lost’ if it doesn’t resume at the end of June
But he then added, “There is also the option of starting over at the beginning of the next, starting over at the next. We will see the best solution for leagues and clubs. ‘
Ceferin has said that reaching the national leagues was the priority, even if it meant playing behind closed doors.
“I can hardly imagine all matches behind closed doors, but we still don’t know if we will continue, with or without spectators.
“If there was no alternative, it would be better to finish the championships,” he said.
“But I can say that I don’t think about the finals of the European club competitions behind closed doors.”
Ceferin says getting into competitions is a priority, even if it means playing behind closed doors
Ceferin said the decision to postpone Euro 2020 until next year “has shown that every emergency is our emergency and every club is our club.”
He said a video conference with representatives of clubs, leagues and players was “a fantastic demonstration of unity and solidarity.”
He also spoke to FIFA and its President Gianni Infantino, despite recent differences.
“It’s important to forget about personal interests and disagreements,” he said.