Coronavirus: UEFA postpones Euro 2020 tournament due to pandemic

17 March 2020, 12:46

UEFA says Euro 2020 will now be played next summer
UEFA says Euro 2020 will now be played next summer. Picture: PA
Rachael Kennedy

By Rachael Kennedy

UEFA has decided to postpone its Euro 2020 competition amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Norwegian Football Federation.

The tournament, which was due to go ahead this summer will now be rescheduled from June next year.

Norway's governing body announced the decision on Twitter, and said: "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."

The decision was made after stakeholders in European football met on Tuesday to discuss the impact of Covid-19.

It is the latest sporting event to be postponed or cancelled, and follows similar decisions last week to suspend future Champions League, Europa League and Premier League matches.

In Rugby, a number of Six Nations matches have been called off, while the London and Manchester marathons have also been pushed back until later this year.

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