European football season can still be saved, says UEFA chief

Aleksander Ceferin, the UEFA chief, said European football leagues are not yet ruling out finishing this season, which has been stalled by the coronavirus.

Aleksander Ceferin

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin says the current European football season can still be saved, provided the coronavirus pandemic subsides.   -  Getty Images

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

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