The president of the Union of European Football Association UEFA, Aleksander Ceferin has said leagues in Europe would be played behind closed door, as they would help bring a sense of normality back into fans’ lives, rather than not playing at all.
Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus, leagues around Europe and the world have been forced to shut down, to help reduce the spread of the deadly virus from spreading, also forcing millions to stay at home and leaving clubs, league managements to strategize on how best to resume play.
Meanwhile, on Monday La Liga clubs were given permission to return to training as long as they follow distancing guidelines, while Ligue 1 has announced plans to resume play in mid-June.
The 52-year old Slovenian spoke to the Corriere della Sera, saying;
“The priority is the health of fans, players and managers,”
“I am an optimist by nature, I believe there are options that can allow us to start tournaments and complete them.
“We may have to play without spectators, but I think the most important thing is playing games.
“In such hard times it would bring people happiness and a certain sense of normality even if the matches will only be on TV.”
Admitting the feeling of watching a top-level game without the electrifying atmosphere of the fans is quiet a strange on says the UEFA boss.
“At first, yes, but it’s better to play without spectators than not to do it at all, “he said.
“Football would bring back emotions and joy to the homes of fans who desperately need it.
However, there has been rumors of presumed final dates for the Champions League and Europa League meant neither competition was likely to be finished, but the UEFA boss doesn’t think that’s the case.
“There is no deadline for the cup finals. It all depends on when we start playing again,” he added.
“It is early to say that we cannot complete the season. The impact would be terrible for clubs and leagues.
“We can finish, but we must respect the decisions of the authorities and wait for permission to return to play.”
There had also been rumours that deadlines for the finals of the Champions League and Europa League meant neither competition was likely to be finished, but Ceferin says this is not the case.