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Tuesday June 2 2020
Champions League Final Eight in Portugal?

UEFA and the ECA are reportedly talking about a Plan B for the Champions League, namely a Final Eight tournament in Portugal concluding on August 22.

The plan currently is to complete the tournament in its usual format by finishing the Round of 16 ties that are still midway through, then the other home and away fixtures.

That would run from approximately August 4 to 29.

According to Mundo Deportivo, there is a Plan B being discussed by UEFA’s Executive Committee and the European Club Association, whose President is Juventus chief Andrea Agnelli.

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Monday June 1 2020
Scaroni: 'Rangnick? Gazidis decides'

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.

The patron was critical towards a ‘debatable’ Coppa Italia schedule ahead of the resumption but was happy to ‘compromise’ and prepare for a return to action ‘as soon as possible’.

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Thursday May 28 2020
Serie A twice a week until August 2?

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.

Minister for Sport Vincenzo Spadafora confirmed today that the Serie A and B seasons will resume from June 20, although the Coppa Italia semi-finals and Final should run from June 13-17.

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Thursday May 28 2020
Turkish Super Lig to start from June 12

The Turkish Football Federation announced the Super Lig will resume from June 12, as tournaments all over Europe get back on the field.

Although the COVID-19 pandemic is still raging, some countries have eased lockdown measures and that is also allowing the football teams to get back to work.

After the Bundesliga started up again last week, others are on track to pick up their seasons.

The Turkish Super Lig is the latest to confirm it’ll resume from June 12 and will allow five substitutions rather than three per game.

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Sunday May 24 2020
Sevilla players break lockdown rules

There is controversy in Spain after four Sevilla players – including former Serie A men Franco Vazquez, Lucas Ocampos and Ever Banega – broke lockdown rules.

Sevilla are due to face Roma in the Europa League Round of 16.

They were discovered when Banega’s wife posted an image on social media showing that there were 12 people gathered together with friends and family around a table in what appeared to be a pool party.

The Spanish Government rules ban gatherings of over 10 people during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Saturday May 23 2020
Official: La Liga back from June 8

La Liga can restart its fixtures from June 8 following the coronavirus pandemic, confirmed Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.

The statement was made during this afternoon’s press conference, in which he assured “the worst is behind us” after COVID-19 deaths and new cases fell significantly in recent weeks.

“La Liga can begin again from June 8. The ball will roll with all the necessary health and safety conditions in place.”

The PM also announced that the borders were opening up again to tourists from July onwards.

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Friday May 22 2020
Calhanoglu: 'Milan still have desire'

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.

Milan were seventh in Serie A and in the Coppa Italia semi-finals before the season halted to a stop, but clubs can resume team training from Monday ahead of the campaign possibly restarting next month.

“Now I’m less afraid, but I wasn’t even afraid when the Coronavirus first came about,” Calhanoglu told Sky Sport Italia.

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Tuesday May 19 2020
UEFA discuss format changes to accomodate calendar

UEFA, ECA and the representatives of the European Leagues are, according to Tuttomercatoweb, studying the possibilities of a new format to accommodate the calendar.

TMW claims the working group has outlined an idea to complete the Champions League with a Final Four in Istanbul later this summer.

By finishing the remaining matches in the last 16 of the competition allows them to move on to a one-match knockout system thereafter.

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Tuesday May 19 2020
Ceferin: 'August 3 only provisional'

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin clarifies that August 3 is so far only a ‘provisional and unofficial’ deadline.

The UEFA chief wrote a letter to confirm that during the meetings with the 55 UEFA affiliated associations, the dates for the conclusion of the European national leagues were only ‘recommendations, provisionally formulated and unofficial’.

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Saturday May 16 2020
Ceferin: 'Consequences if leagues don't finish'

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.

Football is back as of this afternoon, with the Bundesliga firing up again after the lockdown, but France, Holland and Belgium already shut down, with Italy, England and to a lesser extent Spain still arguing over how to resume safely.

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