Ceferin: We may have to resume without spectators

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Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin believes that there are options that can allow leagues in Europe to play behind closed doors amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Most of the big leagues around the world such as the English Premier League (EPL), La Liga, Serie A and Bundesliga have been suspended since March due to the virus which has inflected and killed many people across the globe.

“I believe there are options that can allow us to restart cup championships and to complete them,” said Ceferin in an interview with Italian daily Corriere della Sera on Monday.

“We may have to resume without spectators, but the most important thing, I think, is playing games. It is early to say that we cannot complete the season. The impact would be terrible for clubs and leagues. Better to play behind closed doors than not at all.

The head of European football says in such difficult times, football would bring happiness to people and a certain sense of normality even if the games can only be seen on TV.

“All activities are being organised to start again, everyone needs to find their lives. If safety measures are respected and if the authorities give the green light, the training could resume like the rest. Further consent will be needed for matches,” added Ceferin.

Ceferin went on to say that the Champions League and Europa League matches could “be played in parallel” only if leagues action return “soon enough”.

“We can finish, but we must respect the decisions taken by authorities. The priority is the health of fans, players and coaches.” – Ceferin. 

“Football is interconnected, we have seen how important it is for Uefa and leagues to work in good cooperation,” he continued.

“Leagues are the revenue base for clubs nationwide. If completed, the financial consequences will be limited. Uefa, on the other hand, will lose a lot of money for postponing Euro 2020,” concluded Ceferin.

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