Coronavirus forces Champions League to resume without VAR

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While the date for the resumption of the Champions League has not yet been determined, UEFA is already considering making many changes for the smooth running of European competition, while the danger of the coronavirus still hangs over. Changes regarding the use of VAR.

The UEFA administrative council will meet virtually on Thursday 23 April to define possible timing problems for the definition of the Champions League and the Europa League, but they could also take an unexpected step as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

According to RMC Sport, UEFA will analyze the possibility that the remaining games of the  Champions League will be played without video assistance to arbitration (VAR), in order to preserve the health of the referees in the control room, so that they can keep the safety distance to avoid contamination.

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin has also revealed that the Champions League and the Europa League are due to end on 3 August.

“The competitions are scheduled to end on August 3, both in the Champions League and in the Europa League,” Ceferin told German broadcaster ZDF, before adding:

“This is an extraordinary situation we find ourselves in, so we are flexible on the kick-off dates and times. If the crisis subsides sooner, we can start earlier. ”