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UEFA Euro 2020 Has Been Postponed Until 2021

UEFA Euro 2020 Has Been Postponed Until 2021

Euro 2020 has been postponed until next year, it has been confirmed.

The tournament, set to take place this summer, has been moved to 11 June 2021, with the intention of allowing countries to finish their domestic seasons following the uncertainty brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.

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The news was announced by the Norwegian FA.

The tweet roughly translates as follows: "UEFA has decided that the European Championship is postponed to 2021. It will be played from 11 June to 11 July next year. More information coming."

According to reports, a formal statement from UEFA is expected later today, with the governing body also set to lay out plans for the current Champions League and Europa League campaigns.

This is the latest sporting event to be cancelled or postponed as a result of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

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Already we have seen the Premier League and EFL seasons stopped, along with corresponding leagues in Spain and Italy.

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Yesterday it was announced that the Grand National would not be going ahead this year.

The news was confirmed by The Jockey Club, which said the decision was not taken lightly.

The European Championships will not be contested this year. Credit: PA
The European Championships will not be contested this year. Credit: PA

Sandy Dudgeon, senior steward of The Jockey Club, said: "Public health must come first. We were working on a plan to stage the Grand National behind closed doors given its importance to the racing industry and beyond, but following the new government measures confirmed this evening to help to tackle the coronavirus outbreak, this is not a viable option.

"I know this is hugely disappointing news for the many people who work in our sport and the many millions who were looking forward to this year's event, but very sadly these are exceptional times and this is the responsible thing to do."

During a press conference, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson also urged all people who have one of the two main first symptoms of the infection - a new persistent cough and a fever - to stay at home for 14 days.

In a statement, the first of his daily coronavirus updates, Johnson said that if one person in a household shows the symptoms, all of the household should stay at home.

He said: "Without drastic action, cases could double every five or six days."

Recognising that the country is on the brink of unprecedented upheaval as the disease spreads, he also said: "Now is the time to stop all non-essential contact with others and all non-essential travel."

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Topics: World News, Interesting, coronavirus

Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]