Sunderland and EFL clubs braced for key UEFA ruling and this timeline for when domestic leagues must be completed
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But with the coronavirus outbreak in the UK not set to peak until May/June, according to experts, the governing body ruling is set to cast England’s premier footballing competitions into fresh doubt.
There is a general acceptance that the April 4 return date for top flight action could well be premature, but in a special meeting of UEFA’s member states today the proposal to postpone Euro 2020 to 2021 is likely to be agreed, as well as all domestic competitions being completed by June 30.
Their report continues: “That will spark more fears that the season may have to be declared void if the coronavirus outbreak makes it impossible for clubs to complete their fixture lists by June 30.”
Sunderland have eight League One games still to complete this season.
The Black Cats slipped out of the play-off places following the disappointing defeat at Bristol Rovers.
Meanwhile, the New York Times are reporting that the European Championships will be put back 12 months and are now likely to take place next summer.
Reporter Tariq Panja this morning tweeted: “Understand that UEFA has now officially proposed to leagues and clubs at meeting taking place now the Euros to be delayed by a year to next summer, 2021. Decision still needs to be ratified by national federations who will be on follow up call, and then finally the exco.”
Ex-EFL chief executive Shaun Harvey thinks organisations need to make their decision – and make it fast.
Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “If there’s one decision to be made and announced it’s ‘Whenever we start playing football again, we are going to finish the season’ – then we can all start looking at how we get over this, rather than trying to over analyse.”