UEFA gives European leagues May 25 deadline for restarting plans

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May 25 is the date is given to European football leagues by governing body UEFA to finalise their plans in order to restart their domestic competitions.

UEFA is eager to initiate planning for next season’s European club events as soccer has turf to halt in all major leagues in Europe and none of them has yet resumed

In a letter to the 55 federations in UEFA, President Aleksander Ceferin wrote that a list should be prepared of teams that have qualified for European club competitions and any league cancelling its season, also by May 25.

“National Associations and/or Leagues should be in a position to communicate to UEFA by 25 May 2020 the planned restart of their domestic competitions including the date of restart and the relevant competition format,” Ceferin wrote.

“In the event that a domestic competition is to be prematurely terminated for legitimate reasons… UEFA would require the National Association to explain by 25 May 2020 the special circumstances justifying such premature termination and to select clubs for the UEFA club competitions 2020/21 on the basis of sporting merit in the 2019/20 domestic competitions,” he added.

The Euro 2020 competitions are suspended until next year and both national leagues and Continental club events are on hold due to coronavirus pandemic.

UEFA has made it clear that it wants its member unions to make it complete there domestic seasons instead of unrestraint them and it also wishes to complete the Champions League and Europa League tournaments.

While leagues such as the German Bundesliga, Italian Serie A and English Premier League say they want to complete their seasons, the Dutch Eredivisie cut short its season on Friday and announced there would be no title granted and no relegations or publicity – an opinion strongly criticised by some of the affected clubs.

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