It has been confirmed that Euro 2020 has been postponed for one year because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Uefa held a meeting with major stakeholders this morning and the Norwegian FA have since leaked the news.
The new-look tournament, featuring 24 teams, was due to run for a month from 12 June and would have taken in games across 12 host cities with Wembley hosting the semi-finals and final.
UEFA har bestemt at EM utsettes til 2021. Det skal spilles fra 11. juni til 11. juli neste år. Mer informasjon kommer.
— NorgesFotballforbund (@nff_info) March 17, 2020
Pushing back the tournament should free wiggle room in the calendar to complete Europe’s domestic leagues. That said, it remains to be seen when those might restart again.
Inevitably there will be a knock-on effect. Uefa’s Nations League and the under-211 European Championships are due to take place next summer; presumably they too could be postponed.
Yesterday, The Athletic reported that Uefa would demand £275 million compensation from its clubs and leagues to postpone Euro 2020 for 12 months.
Presumably, the respective leagues decided this was a small price to pay to complete their own schedules with big-money TV contracts to fulfil and the prospect of legal battles from club sides taking umbrage to a forced premature end to their respective campaigns.