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Coronavirus: EURO 2020 Postponed Till 2021

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Euro 2020 has been postponed by one year until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic, say multiple European football associations.

UEFA, European football’s governing body, has been holding an emergency video conference involving major stakeholders on Tuesday.

The associations say it was decided the tournament will now take place from 11 June to 11 July next year.

BBC Sport understands the decision will be signed off by UEFA later on Tuesday.

The tournament was due to take place from 12 June-12 July this year at 12 venues across Europe.

The postponement provides a chance for European leagues that have been suspended to now be completed.

UEFA’s Nations League and the European Under-21 Championships are also scheduled to take place next summer.

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The 2021 UEFA Women’s European Championship is set to take place in England and begins on 7 July, four days before the proposed men’s final.

The Norwegian FA, whose side are yet to qualify for the tournament, were first to announce the news, followed by the French and other FAs.

French Football Federation president Noel le Graet says the governing body “fully supports” UEFA’s decision.

In a statement, Le Graet said it was a “wise and pragmatic decision” by UEFA that potentially allowed domestic competitions the opportunity to be finished in June this year.

Elsewhere, the South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) says this year’s COPA America, due to take place from 12 June to 12 July, has been postponed until 2021.

Credit: BBC

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