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UEFA Under Pressure To Cancel Football Season

UEFA Under Pressure To Cancel Football Season

English football bosses are on a collision course with Belgium counterparts over if the season should be allowed to be completed.

Belgian Football Association president Mehdi Bayat is putting pressure on UEFA to cancel all leagues in Europe because of the coronavirus crisis.

Belgium’s Jupiler-Pro league was shut down two weeks ago and they are among several countries keen for the current campaign to be declared null and void.

Last week Belgium and Manchester City superstar Kevin De Bruyne insisted the season should be cancelled – and that resuming games with little preparation would leave players at risk of serious injury.

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Bayat has lobbied other associations for support and is understood to have got the backing of several of them.

UEFA bosses will hold a video conference meeting next week to decide on a schedule for countries to follow to get football played again.

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President Aleksander Ceferin has made it clear he wants football to start up again across Europe.

Ceferin has outlined a provisional plan to get domestic leagues finished by early August, with the Champions League and Europa League being concluded by the end of that month.

But the Belgians are against the idea of football resuming – and have got support from several other countries not as reliant on TV revenue.

It leaves them on a collision course with the Premier League and EFL, who are both desperate to see the campaign finished no matter how long it takes.

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