The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) announced that it will be holding an emergency meeting on Tuesday, March 17, with the representatives of its fellow European clubs, leagues & national federations where some key decisions in regards to this summer's European football schedule amidst the coronavirus outbreak will be discussed.
The meeting will be led by the UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin along with his operational leadership team and will involve the European Club Association, which represents almost 250 clubs across the continent that includes the Premier League teams and also other clubs from Italy, Spain, France etc.
The final decision though lies in the hands of former Manchester United chief executive and current UEFA vice-chairman, David Gill.
So, what key decisions will they take?
As Italy is seized under the novel coronavirus outbreak, it will be impossible for a major tournament like Euro 2020 to take place. Will it be postponed to a later date or will it be nullified? Gill & co. will have some key decisions on their hand.
With almost every domestic league postponed (Turkish league still ongoing), UEFA needs to take a call as to when will they commence the leagues such as the Premier League, La Liga etc.
Will Liverpool be crowned as the champions of England?
Liverpool, who have waited 30 years for this moment, have been made to wait amidst the COVID-19 outbreak. Will UEFA grant them their wish and handover the Premier League trophy or is there a twist in the tale? Also, what happens to the relegation as well as the promotion battle across the leagues?
What happens to UCL/Europa League ties?
With some of the Round of 16 (second leg) ties still left to play, UEFA's decision will be key in deciding the future of one of the most extravagant football tournaments. Also, it remains to be seen whether the European ban stays on the current Premier League champions Manchester City or not.
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