EUROPA LEAGUE

President Paolo Scaroni says CEO Ivan Gazidis ‘makes the decisions’ regarding the proposed arrival of Ralf Rangnick and points out that Milan ‘cut costs’ to avoid further Financial Fair Play trouble.
Serie A will resume from June 20, but the precise dates will be decided tomorrow, probably starting with outstanding Week 25 games, with an aim to conclude by August 2.
The Turkish Football Federation announced the Super Lig will resume from June 12, as tournaments all over Europe get back on the field.
There is controversy in Spain after four Sevilla players – including former Serie A men Franco Vazquez, Lucas Ocampos and Ever Banega – broke lockdown rules.
La Liga can restart its fixtures from June 8 following the coronavirus pandemic, confirmed Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.
Hakan Calhanoglu assures he is now ‘less afraid’ of coronavirus and that Milan still ‘want to reach the Europa League and win the Coppa Italia’ this season.
UEFA, ECA and the representatives of the European Leagues are, according to Tuttomercatoweb, studying the possibilities of a new format to accommodate the calendar.
UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin clarifies that August 3 is so far only a ‘provisional and unofficial’ deadline.
UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin warns clubs face ‘preliminary rounds’ if they don’t complete their domestic seasons, pointing Serie A and the Premier League towards the Bundesliga safety protocol.
UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin has claimed ’80 per cent’ of the national leagues will be completed and has confirmed a ‘concrete plan of finishing the European season’, together with planned amendments for the FFP.
If Serie A does indeed resume on June 13, the plan is to play every three to four days until August 2, with the Coppa Italia in July, Champions and Europa League in August.
Even if Nicolò Zaniolo were to recover from injury, UEFA will reportedly not allow Roma to register the attacking midfielder for the Europa League.
National Association director Zoran Lakovic has revealed that UEFA has ‘other alternatives ready’ in case the hypothesis of concluding the campaign in August won’t be possible.
If Serie A were to stop early and use the French points per game system, then Milan would drop below Hellas Verona and Parma, with Lecce, SPAL and Brescia relegated.
The Spanish Government announced an easing of coronavirus pandemic response measures, so La Liga players can resume training from May 4, with potentially games after June 5.
The 2019-20 Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 season is over, announced the Prime Minister of France Edouard Philippe, but it’s unclear what this means for clubs in the Champions League.
Italy will announce the details of Phase Two in the COVID-19 pandemic response, which should see training resume from May 4, in groups from May 18, so on track for games from May 27-June 2.
The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) has agreed to postpone the end of the 2019-20 Serie A season from June 30 to August 2.
The Bundesliga would be ready to resume on May 9, said DFL CEO Christian Seifert, but it all depends on when politicians give the all-clear.
UEFA’s guidelines urge domestic leagues to complete their season, either regularly or with a “different format,” but eligibility for Champions and Europa League should be decided “on sporting merit.”
Monza CEO Adriano Galliani claims top clubs in Europe risk bankruptcy due to the lack of revenue during the forced break.
UEFA and the ECA have reportedly agreed to terminate domestic leagues by the end of July, leaving August clear for the Champions and Europa Leagues.
Roma winger Carles Perez aims to reach the Champions League with the Giallorossi and has no intentions of returning to Spain: “My future is here.”
Milan loanee André Silva enjoys his time at Eintracht Frankfurt and seems to be open for a permanent move to the Bundesliga side.
Inter youngster Sebastiano Esposito’s breakthrough at senior level has made him encourage other youth players in Italy to ‘dream big’.
The Europa League, involving Inter and Roma, could be played from August 2 to the Final in Gdansk on August 27, claim Sky Sport Italia.
UEFA are expected to present their plans for the Champions League, played from August 7-31 with a game every three days until the Final on August 29.
As the FIGC fights to resume Serie A football in May, we assess the state of play in the other top European competitions.
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.
Cagliari are reportedly looking to appoint Lecce’s Fabio Liverani as their coach for next season.