Uefa formally postpones UCL, Europa League finals

“The group has already begun its examination of the calendar. Announcements will be made in due course.”

The 2020 men’s Champions League final had been due to be played at Istanbul’s Ataturk Stadium on May 30, with the Europa League final to have been staged in Polish city Gdansk three days before.

The women’s Champions League final was scheduled for May 24 in Vienna.

Four of the men’s Champions League last-16 second legs, originally slated for March 17 and 18, were delayed because of the new coronavirus outbreak, along with all of the Europa League last-16 return games.

Europe’s top leagues have all been postponed, while the 2020 European Championship has been put back until next year.

Atletico Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Atalanta and RB Leipzig are the four teams to have so far booked their places in the Champions League quarterfinals.

More financial pain for Uefa and Europe’s major clubs could be on the horizon if the Champions League cannot be completed.

Last season Uefa paid out €1.9 billion in prize money and TV revenue to clubs competing in the Champions League.

Ties from the quarterfinals onwards could be reduced to one-off games rather than two legs, while the semifinals and finals could come together like a “final four” format often used in basketball.

“Without any prejudice, those are also options,” Ceferin said last week.

“We have different options, but really it’s far too early to be concrete. Whatever we decide, nothing is sure because we don’t know when this Covid-19 will stop and allow us to play.”

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