UEFA, the governing body of European football, has confirmed that all club finals have been ‘postponed indefinitely’ as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
Last night, UEFA issued a short statement confirming its decision to postpone its roster of May finals for the Champions League and Europa League tournaments for both men and women’s football.
In its update, UEFA governance stated that ‘no decision has been made to reschedule the matches’, which would have seen its marquee Champions League final take place on 30 May at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul Turkey.
UEFA details that it has established a ‘working group’ led by President Aleksander Čeferin, assessing all viable options to finish its season as all European football leagues are disrupted by COVID-19 developments.
Working with European football leagues, last week UEFA confirmed that its flagship Euro 2020 Championship had been rescheduled to the dates of 11 June to 11 July 2021.
On Monday, further COVID-19 developments saw Spanish football confirm that all professional leagues had been ‘indefinitely suspended’ following a review which determined ‘no feasible way’ to conclude league proceedings.
Meanwhile, the FA and football league counterparts will hold critical meetings this week to decide how to conclude the 2019/2020 calendar.
The FA are reportedly seeking a ‘six-week window’ to wrap-up all league fixtures, which will likely be played behind closed doors.
UK media reports of further pressure being placed on The FA to conclude the season, as the Premier League could face a £750 million legal battle for failing to deliver on the terms of its broadcast contracts with Sky and BT Sports.