UEFA puts off exco meet as it grapples with re-scheduling Euro 2020

UEFA headquarters

May 19 – UEFA has postponed a key executive committee meeting until June 17 as it grapples with how the remainder of this season’s Champions League and Europa League campaigns will pan out.

UEFA’s top brass were due to meet on May 27, two days after the deadline given to domestic leagues to provide their plans to restart the season. That deadline was specifically given to domestic leagues so that UEFA could plan accordingly for their competitions

UEFA said the postponement was for a different reason, however, citing certain unresolved issues regarding the venues for next year’s re-scheduled Euro 2020 tournament due to be staged in 12 cities across the continent.

The change was caused by “the existence of some remaining open points regarding a small number of proposed venues for the rearranged UEFA EURO 2020 next year”, UEFA said.

At the weekend UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin appeared to suggest the number of host cities might be reduced.

“We’ve had conversations with nine cities and everything is set,” Ceferin said in an interview with beIN Sports. “With three cities, we have some issues. So we will discuss further. In principle, we will do it in 12 cities but if not, we are ready to do it in 10, nine or eight.”

It is not known which of the cities – Amsterdam, Baku, Bilbao, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dublin, Glasgow, London, Munich, Rome and St Petersburg – are having difficulties but on Monday Glasgow reconfirmed its position as a host in the light of media speculation.

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