Uefa make significant 2019/20 season announcement and how it affects Stoke City



It is hoped Stoke City will complete the 2019/20 season by June 30 at the latest, following a Uefa meeting today.

The Championship, EFL and Premier League have been suspended until the opening weekend of April at the earliest following the coronavirus and it has been confirmed today that Euro 2020 will be pushed back a year to the summer of 2021.

That came as 55 member associations of UEFA have been discussing what will happen next in the domestic and national game.

They confirmed they are now hoping to complete the 2019/20 domestic season by the end of June – depending on whether the option to resume play is “appropriate and prudent enough”.

On club competitions, they said the following:

  • A commitment to complete all domestic and European club competitions by the end of the current sporting season, i.e. June 30, 2020 at the latest, should the situation improve and resuming playing be appropriate and prudent enough.
  • Possible limitations or drops of current exclusive calendar slots, potentially resulting in the scheduling of domestic league matches in mid-week and scheduling of Uefa club competitions matches on weekends.
  • Possible adaptations of the 2020/21 Uefa Champions League and Uefa Europa League qualifying rounds in case of late completion of the 2019/20 sporting season, i.e. after 30 June 2020.

It’s understood there is the possibility to play until the end of July, although it is preferred for the current campaign to be completed as soon as possible in a bid to avoid affecting the 2020/21 season.

The next season get underway at a later date, on September 1.

Championship clubs have held a video conference today to discuss the possible options in line with the latest Government advice.

The top six – plus at least three other clubs – are believed to have set out their desire to complete remaining fixtures.

The EFL board is due to meet tomorrow to debate the next move, while Premier League clubs will hold a conference on Thursday.

Stoke’s fixtures against Reading, Middlesbrough and Wigan have already been postponed with the club having been led out of the relegation zone by Michael O’Neill.

There are nine games to play – but only three points separate Stoke in 17th with Charlton, third bottom in 22nd.





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