President of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Alexander Čeferin expressed his opinion on the changes in football due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“From a professional point of view, I felt a lot of pressure, there was a lot of hard work. But I’m glad that football is luckily making a comeback across Europe. UEFA sacrificed part of its season so that it could finish the current domestic competitions by the end of July and complete its own club competitions for the 2019/2020 season in August. The leagues agreed to this. Club solidarity will be equally important during the September window for international matches. Until further notice we will play UEFA European Cup matches without spectators. We will not risk it. The main focus, of course, is on the elite tournaments. But obviously grassroots football will always be a vital element of our mission. In the face of new medical protocols and prescriptions, it is first and foremost important that no one exposes themselves to unnecessary risks. We must be especially careful where children are concerned, ”the UEFA press service quotes Čeferin.
The Champions League should be played out in the Final Eight format in Lisbon, and the Europa League – in Cologne, Duisburg, Dusseldorf and Gelsenkirchen, Germany.
Earlier it was reported that UEFA allowed the possibility of transferring the Champions League match Barcelona – Napoli to Portugal.