International SoccerTOIf a government suspends a competition its teams will not be able to play in Europe
MicheleUva, UEFA vice president, assured this Friday that his bodyIt will allow the clubs classified for the European Cups this year to continue competing even if they do not dispute their national leagues.definitively discarded.
Uva insisted that UEFA’s top priority is“public health”,But he highlighted the will of his body to end the season, if necessary in July and August, in an interview published this Friday by the Italian newspaper.“La Gazzetta dello Sport”.
Consider “a huge achievement”the agreement reached last Wednesday with the 55 federationswhich represents to prolongthe season until this summer, if the coronavirus pandemic makes it necessary, and gave its availability for a club, if it has authorization from the government of its country, to dispute the European cups even if its league ends up abandoned.
“If a championship is not played by a government decree that prevents sports activity, a club cannot play in Europe.If there is a possibility to train and compete, even if the league is ruled out, then a club can participate in the European cups“said Uva.
“The will of national federations and leagues is to play again.We are reasoning about this common will and not about exceptions(abandoned leagues), “he added.
Until now, the major European leagues have been suspended and thePro League, the Belgian championship,is seriously considering abandoning the season permanently and crowning Bruges, ranked first when the tournament was interrupted in mid-March.
Uva was proud of the agreement reached with its 55 federations and considered ita real political achievement.
“UEFA is made up of 55 federations and must take into account different points of view, both in sports and health.The situation in Spain is different from that of Sweden or Norway.Having managed to agree with all parties and having unanimity in decisions is a huge political achievement. UEFA accomplished what the European Union failed to do, “he said.
Uva also reported that UEFA confirmed the rules of Financial Fair Play,which he considers key for football, but temporarily lower the requirements to be respected in the budget for the 2020-2021 academic year.
“Financial Fair Play allowed the system to go from losses of 1.7 billion to gains of 141 million in just eight years. It cannot be canceled, but it is necessary to take into account the problems caused by the coronavirus and momentarily adjust the rules.We will not request the 2020-2021 budget as a necessary document“he explained