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EURO 2020 postponed

FAW say they fully support UEFA's decision to postpone the tournament for a year

UEFA have announced the postponement of the EURO 2020  competition due to the coronavirus pandemic.

It was due to be played in June and July this year.

The decision was said to be to protect the health of all those involved in the game and  to avoid placing any unnecessary pressure on national public services involved in staging matches. T

All UEFA competitions and matches (including friendlies) for clubs and national teams for both men and women have been put on hold until further notice. The UEFA EURO 2020 Play Off matches and international friendlies, scheduled for the end of March, will now be played in the international window at the start of June, subject to a review of the situation. 

In a statement the FAW said the organisation supported the move:

"The Football Association of Wales fully supports UEFA's decision to postpone EURO 2020 by 12 months following a conference call with the European governing body earlier today."

UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin, said: 

“We are at the helm of a sport that vast numbers of people live and breathe that has been laid low by this invisible and fast-moving opponent. It is at times like these, that the football community needs to show responsibility, unity, solidarity and altruism. 

“The health of fans, staff and players has to be our number one priority and in that spirit, UEFA tabled a range of options so that competitions can finish this season safely and I am proud of the response of my colleagues across European football. There was a real spirit of co-operation, with everyone recognising that they had to sacrifice something in order to achieve the best result. 

“It was important that, as the governing body of European football, UEFA led the process and made the biggest sacrifice. Moving EURO 2020 comes at a huge cost for UEFA but we will do our best to ensure that the vital funding for grassroots, women’s football and the development of the game in our 55 countries is not affected. Purpose over profit has been our guiding principle in taking this decision for the good of European football as a whole. 

“Football is an uplifting and powerful force in society. The thought of celebrating a pan-European festival of football in empty stadia, with deserted fan zones while the continent sits at home in isolation, is a joyless one and one we could not accept to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the competition. "

 

 

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