UEFA talks about finishing leagues and Champions beyond the summer

first_imgUEFA is confident of being able to finish off what remains of the big leagues (Spain, England, Germany, France and Italy) and what is missing from Champions starting in June. In a telematic meeting with the 55 European federations (the RFEF was represented by its Secretary General, Andreu Camps), It was agreed to suspend the team friendlies scheduled for the first week of June in order to win dates on the calendar. They are considered lost due to the pandemic in April and May, in which depending on the progress of the Covid-19 and the decision of the respective governments in this regard, it is expected that the teams can resume training and start a ‘preseason’ that will put them in a position to compete in June.LaLiga and the Premier stated in the telematic conclave organized by UEFA that their priority is to finish the national competition and the current Champions, even beyond the summer occupying part of the calendar of the season 20-21. But both they refused to make it in exchange for sacrificing the Cup competition, as was raised at one point in the meeting by one of the working groups created by UEFA. However, no one refused to allow part of the FIFA team dates to be occupied, and as a first step the friendlies in June have been suspended, the month in which Spain had a match against Portugal scheduled (day 5, in the Wanda Metropolitano ) and another against Lithuania (9, in Santander). One of the problems posed by ending this season in August or even at the dates of the next, that is, in September, is that the duration of the contracts of the players and coaches should be extended beyond June 30, which it is even more conflictive in the case of the transfers. While FIFA is willing to adapt the rules to take account of this circumstance, the World Players Union (FIFPro) warns that if so, the measure must be universal and reach all footballers, not just those that clubs want to retain.In addition, FIFPro also intervened in the discussions on the calendar, as the clubs raise the need to recover dates next Christmas, and play, as England does with Boxing Day). But the players union does not see it clearly. It poses serious difficulties, especially in the case of players from other continents (particularly South America and Africa) who are active in teams from Europe and who return home on those dates. There was no agreement on this matter, but negotiations will continue.Finally, and also without reaching a definitive agreement, it was agreed to continue working on the calendar as the pandemic progresses and a clearer scenario is seen. In any case, UEFA does not rule out, if the current season invades the dates of the next, ask the Club Association (ECA), the European Leagues and the players to accept cuts in the format of the National Championships, which would reduce the number of teams. A cut in selection dates would also be negotiated with FIFA. Because, ultimately, although it has become clear that this season the priority is to finish the leagues and the Champions, the priority in the next one it will be to celebrate the UEFA European Championship and fit the Club World Cup into the calendar from FIFA.last_img

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