Covid-19: for UEFA Championships ready to resume behind closed doors

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UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin said on Monday that the European championships are ready to resume behind closed doors to limit the effects of the financial crisis caused by the cessation of competition because of the coronavirus pandemic.“I think there are options for us to start over and finish cups and championships,” Aleksander Ceferin told the Italian press.

“We may have to start without spectators, but the most important is, I think, to play the games,” he said, adding that “it is too early to say that we cannot finish the season. The impact would be terrible for clubs and championships. It is better to play behind closed doors than not at all.”

He also said that a revival “in these difficult times would bring joy to people and some form of return to normal, even if the matches can only be watched on television.”

“If the security measures are followed and if the authorities give the green light, training could resume like the rest,” said the UEFA boss.

Indeed, most Bundesliga clubs resumed training last week, in small groups and respecting the rules of distancing, while La Liga announced Monday a memorandum of understanding for a resumption of training as soon as possible.