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UEFA suspends Champions League indefinitely

Field Level Media
02 Apr 2020, 01:40 GMT+10

UEFA indefinitely suspended the Champions League, Europa League and Euro 2020 qualifying playoffs on Wednesday in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

UEFA posted on its website that "all national team matches for men and women due to be played in June 2020 are postponed until further notice. This includes the playoff matches for UEFA EURO 2020 and qualifying matches for UEFA Women's EURO 2021."

The words "until further notice" were also used in regard to the Champions League, per the UEFA website.

According to ESPN, the Euro 2020 qualifying playoffs and international friendlies initially scheduled for June have been postponed in a bid to clear the calendar for domestic leagues to potentially resume -- if possible -- during that time.

An issue for the Champions League and Europa League resides in the fact that player contracts expire on June 30.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said this past weekend that the season could be "lost" if competitive action does not resume by the end of June.

The Champions League and Europa League are suspended at the round-of-16 stage with Atletico Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, RB Leipzig and Atalanta having qualified for the quarterfinals.

The four remaining spots are pending results of the following second-leg ties: Manchester City vs. Real Madrid, Juventus vs. Lyon, Barcelona vs. Napoli and Bayern Munich vs. Chelsea.

Should the UEFA Champions League fail to resume, it will represent the first time since the European Cup was created in 1955-56 that a champion is not crowned.

--Field Level Media

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