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UEFA postpone Euro 2020 amid coronavirus crisis

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UEFA has postponed the European Championship until the summer of 2021 following a series of crisis meetings on Tuesday.

All of Europe’s leading domestic leagues ground to a halt last week with football confronting its biggest issue in modern times, and the fate of UEFA’s Champions League and Europa League competitions must also be determined.

UEFA was due to hold a video conference with representatives from all 55 member associations after discussions with clubs and players bodies on Tuesday morning. It was then expected to hold an executive committee meeting at 1400 (1300 GMT) from its Swiss headquarters.

The future of Euro 2020, due to take place for the first time in a dozen different cities spread across the continent from June 12 to July 12, was the main issue at stake.

The “dark scenarios” UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin warned against envisaging when he spoke at the organisation’s congress in Amsterdam just two weeks ago now have to be considered.

Europe has become the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic, with France having joined Italy and Spain on lockdown and European leaders also planning to ban all non-essential travel into the continent.

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More than 2,100 people have died in Italy, which is supposed to host the opening game of Euro 2020 in Rome.

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