The ECA Executive Board supports the decision taken today by the UEFA Executive Committee (ExCo) to postpone UEFA EURO 2020 until 2021 with the aim of maximising the chances of concluding domestic and UEFA Club Competitions for the season 2019/20. This decision has been taken following deep and regular engagement between the leadership of UEFA, ECA and other stakeholders, and is driven with the sole aim of minimising the negative impact of the COVID-19 virus on European football and on society as a whole.
In the days and weeks ahead, ECA will participate actively and with full focus and commitment in the Working Group co-ordinated by UEFA, which has been mandated to develop and shape the practicalities around managing the calendar to maximise the chances of concluding the remaining club games of the 2019/20 season and tackle the wider consequences of COVID-19 on the game.
Beyond the immediate focus around the game, it is important to reiterate European football’s total commitment to supporting all efforts to combat the spread of the virus and its impact on society as a whole.
Following today’s decision, ECA Chairman and UEFA ExCo member Andrea Agnelli stated:
“Europe is facing its biggest challenge in a generation, one which is impacting all levels of society including football. The challenge to our game is massive and as leaders we have a responsibility to do all we can to protect its long-term well-being by mitigating the impact of the virus. Today’s decision to postpone the UEFA EURO 2020 is testament to the unity and collaborative efforts of professional game stakeholders to engage in collective decision-making in the best interest of the game. The focus now will be to come up with solutions to conclude the 2019/20 club season in the most practical manner and, beyond that, ensure football, like society as a whole, returns as quickly as possible to its natural form and rhythm.”