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UEFA wants to extend season to August, any league who cancels may be DQ'd from European competitions


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A meeting will take place on Tuesday between all 55 associations in European football, and UEFA is hoping that all domestic competitions will be completed by late August.


The main priority for the meeting will obviously be about the COVID-19 pandemic, the impact of it and how they will handle things from here. And this comes right when some players in Europe are starting to train again, such as footballers in Germany, with restrictions still in place.


As far as the fixture calendar is concerned, a working group who is in charge of that has a deadline of mid-May, at the latest, to bring associations what they recommend for the remainder of the 2019-20 season.


After Tuesday's meeting, the executive committee of UEFA will gather together on Thursday and will be discussing the leagues who are considering ending their seasons early.


If leagues do cancel their season without the approval of UEFA, they could see their clubs get disqualified from competing in both the Champions League and Europa League, and this is because the competitions are set up based on the final standings of a domestic league.


In the earlier part of April, UEFA would tell European leagues to not "abandon" their campaigns, and this was because of UEFA officials working on a plan to get matches back underway in July.


Also in UEFA's plans is to extend the final of the Champions League to the later part of August, which would be three months later than its original date.


Originally, the Champions League final was slated to happen on May 30 at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey. Out of the several plans that UEFA has up their sleeve, one of them features the final being moved to August 29 at the same spot.


With the final of the Europa League, that was scheduled for May 27, but the event could also be moved to the end of August on the 26th in Gdansk.

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