UEFA orders European leagues to conclude 2019/20 season amid Covid-19

UEFA orders European leagues to conclude 2019/20 season amid Covid-19

- The Premier League season will be concluded, according to UEFA

- On Thursday the European football governing body ordered the top leagues to make plans to finish the 2019/20 season

- The Champions League and Europa League are expected to return in August but that is still subjected to the control of the infection

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UEFA has instructed the English Premier League and other top European leagues to find a way of concluding the 2019/20 season.

Liverpool is currently sitting atop of the log with 82 points after 29 topflight matches - 25 points better than the defending champions Manchester City.

However, the deadly coronavirus pandemic might force the competitions to cancelled or hurriedly concluded since everyone is running behind schedule.

According to The Daily Mail, UEFA has now mandated all top five European league bodies to develop a working plan for their countries and conclude the season within the stipulated period.

Most of the leagues were suspended by their various bodies last month after the Covid-19 outbreak became widespread.

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The deadly virus has hit over 2.5 million cases across the world while no fewer than 46 859 deaths recorded since it broke out last December.

After the meeting, UEFA said:

"It is preferable that suspended domestic competitions would restart with a different format in a manner which would still facilitate clubs to qualify on sporting merit."

Liverpool found themselves 25 points clear at the top of the Premier League at the time of the suspension.

Frank Lampard's Chelsea sits fourth on the table, three points clear of Manchester United in fifth, with both teams still with nine games left to play.

Norwich are bottom of the table, six points off safety, while Aston Villa are two points adrift and Bournemouth are in the relegation zone on goal difference.

However, the recent three weeks lockdown extension by the UK government suggests that 8 June appears to be the earliest possible restart date for the Premier League.

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UEFA are keen to see domestic leagues concluded by the start of August at the latest, with that month slated to feature the conclusion of the Champions League.

Briefly.co.za earlier reported that Former Premier League star Emmanuel Adebayor has insisted that he will not make any donations towards the fight against coronavirus pandemic in his home country, Togo.

The country has recorded a total of 88 cases including six fatalities since the virus broke out last December.

Despite this development, the ex-Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur forward is not apologetic about his statement, saying he will do with his money what he chooses.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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