Coronavirus Might Suspend International Football for Atleast 2 Years More


“I think maybe two or three years,” Lars-Christer Olsson, president of European Leagues, said to ESPN when asked when football competitions could resume again in the full.

He stated that it will be a case of “wait and see” to assess the disruption of the pandemic, including on the 2022 Qatar World Cup.

Following the global suspension of football and the delay of Euro 2020 and Euro 2021, he was questioned during a Soccerex webinar on how long he felt it would impact the international calendar. A member of UEFA’s executive committee, Olsson opined that coronavirus may have “two to three years” effect on the international football schedule.

Earlier, he had told BBC Radio 5 Live Breakfast that there was “no agreement” between countries on ending the domestic season, because each nation faces specific virus and policy decisions situations.

There are now proposals to fit three-rather than two-fixtures into international windows this autumn to match qualifications for Euro 2020 and fixtures for the League of Nations.

Olsson said he can “see a situation where the existing season isn’t over than not kicking off the new season.”

FIFA has already declared their opinion that all football tournaments should be suspended till September, in the least

UEFA, on the other hand however, hopes the Champions League and Europa League will be completed in August. A decision on whether this is possible is expected to be made at the end of May.


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