Thursday April 16 2020
UEFA discussing Champions options

UEFA have announced a series of meetings next week to discuss “developments across both domestic and European competitions” amid reports of a Champions League Final Eight.

Football has been halted all over the continent for a month now due to the coronavirus pandemic, but Spain, Italy and Germany are edging towards resuming training from the start of May.

“The UEFA Executive Committee will meet via videoconference next Thursday 23 April for an update meeting to discuss the latest developments regarding the impact caused by the coronavirus outbreak on European football,” read a statement.

“This meeting will follow an information session for the General Secretaries of UEFA’s 55 member associations on Tuesday 21 April.

“The meetings will look at developments across both domestic and European competitions.”

It’s reported in multiple newspapers that there is no time to complete the Champions League and Europa League, so they will have to change format.

The most likely scenario is a Final Eight tournament, so one-off knockout games between the remaining sides, all based in the same city (Istanbul for the Champions League, Gdansk for the Europa League).

These would be played in late July, early August, after the domestic tournaments have been completed.

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