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UEFA chief says season can still be saved

/ 09:40 PM March 28, 2020

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A picture taken in Nyon on March 17, 2020 shows the gate at the headquarters of UEFA, the European football’s governing body, amid spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP)

The head of UEFA said European football leagues were still looking at all options and not ruling out finishing this season — if the coronavirus pandemic subsides.

“We could start again in mid-May, in June or even late June,” Aleksander Ceferin told Italy’s La Repubblica daily.

Any time after that and “the season will probably be lost,” he said.

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The idea of the entire season simply being cancelled stirs panic in fans of clubs such as Liverpool — on the cusp of lifting their first title in 30 years.

Ceferin did not say when UEFA will issue a final ruling and stressed that consultations with the main leagues and clubs were still underway.

“There is also a proposal to end this season at the beginning of the next one and then start the next one a little later,” said Ceferin.

The Slovenian added that he personally opposed the idea of holding big matches behind closed doors.

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Belarus remain the only European nation still playing football in the face of a pandemic that has officially claimed around 28,000 lives worldwide.

Italy suspended its Serie A season on March 9.

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Its world-leading toll from the novel coronavirus officially stands at 9,134.

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