Euro 2020 postponed until next summer over coronavirus
London, March 17, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Euro 2020 has been postponed by one year until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic, says the Norwegian FA.
Uefa, European football’s governing body, has been holding an emergency video conference involving major stakeholders on Tuesday.
The Norwegian FA says it was decided that the tournament will now take place from 11 June to 11 July next year.
BBC Sport understands the decision will be signed off by Uefa later on Tuesday.
The tournament was due to take place from 12 June-12 July this year at 12 venues across Europe.
UEFA har bestemt at EM utsettes til 2021. Det skal spilles fra 11. juni til 11. juli neste år. Mer informasjon kommer.— NorgesFotballforbund (@nff_info) March 17, 2020
The postponement provides a chance for European leagues that have been suspended to now be completed.
Uefa’s Nations League and the European Under-21 Championships are also scheduled to take place next summer.
The 2021 Uefa Women’s European Championship is set to take place in England and begins on 7 July, four days before the proposed men’s final.
The Norwegian FA, whose side are yet to qualify for the tournament, posted the announcement on Twitter, with Uefa yet to confirm the delay.
Many of Europe’s domestic leagues – as well as the Champions League and Europa League – have been suspended following an increasing number of coronavirus cases around the continent.
Players and coaches have also been affected by virus or been told to go into self-isolation, meaning leagues have had to shut down.
A mini-tournament to decide the Champions League and Europa League is expected to be one option put forward at Tuesday’s meeting to ease fixture congestion caused by the coronavirus crisis