Euro 2020 won’t be played this year due to coronavirus. The decision was announced by UEFA, Europe’s highest soccer administrative body, on Tuesday.
The members of UEFA and representatives of 55 national soccer federations agreed to postpone European Championship for next year in order to cope with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. This move will enable UEFA to make necessary adjustments while also giving national league competitions an opportunity to finish the ongoing season.
According to the announcement, the competition will be held between 11th June and 11th July 2021.
Also, the play-off matches and international friendlies that were scheduled to take place in March will be postponed for June.
Coronavirus has delivered a tough blow to soccer in Europe, as the majority of the competitions around the continent ended up being suspended. Italian Seria A, Spanish La Liga, and German Bundesliga were suspended indefinitely, while English Premier League will reportedly be on hiatus at least until April 3rd.
Other sports have been affected as well, especially in the United States. NBA and NHL suspended their seasons alongside Major League Soccer, while MLB decided to cancel their spring training.