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UEFA announced on Wednesday that all Champions League and Europa League matches will be suspended “until further notice” due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The European football governing body has also postponed the Euro 2020 qualifiers indefinitely after having recently postponed the main event until 2021.
The decision to postpone all matches was taken at a meeting on Wednesday between UEFA and the general secretaries of the 55 member associations.
In the midst of uncertainty over the resumption of play, Paul MacInnes of the Guardian announced Wednesday that UEFA plans to end the Champions League and European seasons in July and August.
There are four Champions League games remaining in the round of 16, including the Manchester City second leg with Real Madrid at Etihad Stadium and Chelsea’s visit to the Allianz Arena to face Bayern Munich. Meanwhile, there are eight games left in the knockout stages of the Europa League.
Before being postponed, the final of the two competitions was initially scheduled for May.
A total of 38 combined matches remain in the two competitions. Some games could potentially be played on dates originally reserved for qualifying for Euro 2020 qualification, reports MacInnes.
However, some of these dates could also be considered by national leagues such as the Premier League, which postponed the game until at least April 30.
UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin previously warned that this season could be “lost” if competitive action does not resume at the end of June.
“No one knows when the pandemic will end,” he said in an interview with La Repubblica, according to Mark Ogden of ESPN FC. “We have a plan A, B or C – to restart in mid-May, June or the end of June. If we couldn’t do anything, the season would probably be lost.
“There is also the possibility of ending this season at the start of the next one, which would then be postponed, starting a little later.”