Publish Date: Saturday 4th April 2020 7:58
UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin has set a deadline for the conclusions of the Champions League and Europa League.
Both competitions were postponed indefinitely amid the coronavirus outbreak, with action across the continent suspended.
It is not yet clear when the tournaments will resume, but the governing body will undoubtedly be doing its best to reach a conclusion – threatening to exclude teams from leagues that were prematurely canceled.
Ceferin has now clarified UEFA's position in concluding its international competitions, telling the ZDF in Germany: “It should end on August 3, in both the Champions and the Europa League. It is an extraordinary situation that we are in, so we are flexible in start dates and times. If the crisis subsides sooner, we can start earlier. "
If the Champions League cannot be completed in its current format, it has been suggested that a play-off between four or eight teams could replace it – but Ceferin says there is still plenty of time for UEFA to make the right decision.
“We could play with the current system or in a single game played in neutral territory. For now, it's just an option to play with Final Eight or Final Four.
“The only wrong decision that we could make now would be to play in a way that puts the health and safety of players, fans and referees at risk. However, if we are in safe condition, I don't see the problem. "