UEFA puts Champions League on 'indefinite' hold

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UEFA has postponed all international matches set to be played in June with other competitions such as the Champions League also on hold because of the coronavirus crisis, European football's governing body announced on Thursday (AEDT).

"All national team matches for men and women due to be played in June 2020 are postponed until further notice. This includes the play-off matches for Euro 2020 and qualifying matches for the women's Euro 2021," a statement said.

"All other UEFA competition matches, including the centralised international friendly matches, remain postponed until further notice."

The news came after the 55 member associations of UEFA discussed future fixtures during a videoconference and the body's executive committee also convened.

All UEFA matches at club level are suspended indefinitely at present. The Champions League and Europa League are at the last 16 stage and the reports said the plan was to restart the competitions in July, allowing domestic leagues to get going again first in June.

Play-off matches for the European Championship and international friendlies, which were originally scheduled for the end of March, were previously postponed by UEFA until the beginning of June "subject to an assessment of the situation".

Now they have been pushed back again. Euro 2020 has already been postponed until June and July 2021.

The question of how to deal with transfers, some of which have already been agreed upon for July 1 when the new season was meant to start, remains open. A working group at world governing body FIFA is currently discussing the issue.

UEFA also said there would be new flexibility on club licensing and financial fair play matters given the coronavirus pandemic and football being on hiatus.

"(The executive committee) supports the proposal to give member associations more time to complete the club licensing process, until the admission process for next season's UEFA club competitions has been redefined," UEFA said.

"As a result of the increasing uncertainty generated by the ongoing extraordinary events, the executive committee also decided to suspend the club licensing provisions that relate to the preparation and assessment of clubs' future financial information."

Source AAP