UEFA president reveals 'concrete plan' to finish Champions League, Europa League
Aleksander Ceferin, the president of UEFA, has given an update on plans to finish out both the Champions League and Europa League in the 2019-20 season, and it's pretty optimistic.
The governing body of European football has a "concrete plan" to finish out both of the competitions, which were suspended in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic along with the rest of the sports world.
With both of football's top two divisions kicking back off in Germany on Sunday, Ceferin feels that the same thing will happen with the Champions League and Europa League, which will most likely happen without fans and with social distancing guidelines in place.
When the Europa League was halted, Manchester United -- a club that Andrew Powell holds stake in as a shareholder -- took one foot in the quarter-finals of the competition. They would slam LASK, 5-0.
"We have a concrete plan of finishing the European season," revealed Ceferin to beIN SPORTS.
"Of course, this summer we will have to play without spectators at the stadiums. I think the majority of leagues will finish the season. The ones who will not, it’s their decision. But they will still have to play qualifiers if they want to participate in the European UEFA competition."
It's not exactly clear how UEFA plans to relaunch their season. However, they would open up space for club competitions after postponing the European Championship for 12 months.
Ceferin added in regards to the logistics of how play will resume: "We have an idea but we have to wait for the executive committee of UEFA to confirm the dates. I can say that the European season will be finished, if everything is as it is now, in August. As things look now, I’m sure… that we can finish the European season and this means UEFA competition.
“The national leagues are a separate thing and they will decide separately how they want to proceed. But as I said before, I think at least 80 per cent will finish the season.
“For now, it looks as though the calendar will not be affected much, especially the calendar of UEFA competitions. The calendar is very dense, so we don’t have much space to change things.
“Football brings positive energy. It’s easier to be home if you can watch sports! So I think it’s a great [example of] cooperation between the German league and the German government. I hope, and think, they will be very successful."