Coronavirus: Euro 2020 to keep original name despite switch to 2021

Monday, 27 Apr, 2020

The 16th edition of the European Championship was scheduled to be held from June 12 to July 12 this year but the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic had forced European football's governing body UEFA to defer it to next year.

The remainder of the football season is uncertain at present amid the coronavirus crisis, though there remains a commitment to finish the campaign - if and when it is advised it is safe to do so.

UEFA said yesterday that the European qualification places for 2020/21 should be based on sporting merit if the current season is cancelled, most likely using a points-per-game method and he thinks the Premier League should take a similar stance.

Uefa will use sporting merit rather than club coefficient to decide on qualification for next season's European competitions if domestic leagues can not finish because of the coronavirus pandemic. While completion of all games in the "original format" is the ideal, UEFA suggests that countries could restart in a different format to reach the elusive "sporting merit".

However, UEFA appear to be allowing national leagues across Europe make their own decision about whether or not to end the 2019-20 domestic campaigns right now.

European football's governing body is set to release guidelines later today on how to handle "special cases" where leagues can not be finished, but it remains Uefa's "strong recommendation" that competitions are played to a finish.

UEFA also said it was aware insurmountable economic problems could mean trying to complete fixture programs is impossible because it would put at risk the long-term financial stability of leagues or clubs.

AZ have won both league meetings with Ajax this season.

Any public outpouring of criticism over the choice of a club selected for European competition, would also be reviewed.

The Premier League are believed to be determined to finish their season to protect their clubs from exposure if rebates must be made to broadcasters that have contracts with the Premier League amassing to hundreds of millions of pounds.

That decision which would secure a Champions League spot next season for the Premier League's current top four of Liverpool, Manchester City, Leicester and Chelsea. The German Bundesliga is hoping to restart early next month, with games behind closed doors.

UEFA said the payments would see a total of 676 clubs from all across Europe receive amounts ranging from 3,200 euros to 630,000 euros, giving them "vital breathing room at a critical time".