Champions League to be played in empty stadium as Uefa suspend all of its competitions
UEFA and the collective European leagues are committed to completing the 2019/20 domestic and continental seasons before 2020/21 begins, and are now actively planning for the major showpiece finals to be played behind closed doors, with voiding the campaign “off the table”.
The governing body staged another videoconference on Wednesday about player contracts and the transfer window amid the coronavirus crisis, sources says that detailed discussions have already taken place about the fate of this season. All parties are fully aligned with the English view that the campaign must be completed, whenever that is.
UEFA has set up two working groups to find solutions to the crisis – one on league logistics, the other on financial matters – and the reasons for the stance on completing 2019/20 are the exact same as in England: financial; sporting integrity; the mass complications that come with ending seasons prematurely and also the knock-on effect on the many jobs connecting to the game.
The working groups have thereby been encouraged to find creative ways to finish the seasons, but there is a general acceptance fixtures will have to be played behind closed doors in order for football to continue.
They are also fully aware of the need for flexibility, since any solutions are totally dependent on the spread of the coronavirus crisis. As such, plans will be re-assessed on a monthly basis. There’s similarly the issue that universal solutions are impossible, since the circumstances differ from country to country, and the advice from every individual government is different.