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Thursday, April 23, 2020

April 23, 2020
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UEFA insist that it is their "strong recommendation" that major league seasons around Europe are played to a finish when it is safe to do so, however they have indicated for the first time that they are prepared for some countries to cancel their campaigns.

The Premier League and the division's clubs remain determined to finish the 2019/20 season, as do the vast majority of sides in Europe's other top divisions.
There is a growing belief in Germany that the Bundesliga could start up again by mid-May, while England's top-flight are hopeful that they could stage matches again behind closed doors in early June.
However, other countries are prepared to end their seasons in the face of growing financial issues.
The Belgian top-flight have already moved to cancel their campaign, while Scottish clubs have voted for the season to be ended in their second, third and fourth tiers.
It remains eminently possible that lower leagues in England could be cancelled, but it is UEFA's great worry that these cancellations could extend to the top divisions, thereby affecting European qualification for next season.
European football's governing body are setting out a calendar to hopefully complete 2019/20, and they remain set on continuing this season's Champions League and Europa League campaigns.
"A variety of calendar options were presented covering both national team and club competition matches," said UEFA in a statement on Tuesday.
"The funding of National Associations through UEFA’s Hat Trick programme was also discussed with UEFA reiterating its commitment to meeting the payments to member associations as planned.
"There was a strong recommendation given to finish domestic top division and cup competitions, but some special cases will be heard once guidelines concerning participation to European competitions - in case of a cancelled league - have been developed.
"Any decisions on the above topics would be announced after the UEFA Executive Committee on Thursday."