This summer’s European Championships have been postponed until 2021.
The move from UEFA comes after a week of utter chaos across the sporting world, with all top-level football being postponed – and a similar situation being seen around other sporting leagues, including the NBA and MLB(‘s pre-season).
Euro 2020 is one of the biggest sporting events to be postponed thus far, with the Tokyo Olympics later in the summer still hanging in the balance.
The Norwegian FA was the first to break ranks on Tuesday afternoon, announcing that the tournament will now take place from 11 June – 11 July 2021.
While the European football governing body denied last week that they were asked to move or cancel the tournament by any of their member FAs, Tuesday’s decision does allow a degree of flexibility for various domestic leagues to conclude if they are put on hold in the short term.
The vast majority of Europe’s biggest leagues have taken the decision to cancel all games until the start of April at the earliest – a decision which would leave them unable to fit all of their remaining fixtures in between their best-case restart point and their nominal end of the season.
The postponement of the summer’s tournament should allow the Premier League, among other leagues, to extend their season into the month of June (and perhaps even July) while still allowing players time off before a fresh campaign begins in August.
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