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Coronavirus: European season will finish in August, says Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin

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(REUTERS) – Uefa has a plan to finish the 2019-20 season by August, including the Champions League and Europa League campaigns, the European football governing body's president Aleksander Ceferin has said.

The majority of European league seasons were suspended in March due to the Covid-19 pandemic but a few leagues have announced plans for a restart in the coming weeks.

The French and Dutch top-flight campaigns have been cancelled but the German Bundesliga restarted on Saturday (May 16) and Ceferin expects at least 80 per cent of national leagues to finish their seasons.

"We have an idea but we have to wait for the executive committee of Uefa to confirm the dates. I can say that the European season will be finished, if everything is as it is now, in August," he told beIN Sports.

"As things look now, I'm sure… that we can finish the European season and this means Uefa competition.

"I think the majority of leagues will finish the season. The ones who will not, it's their decision. But they will still have to play qualifiers if they want to participate in the European Uefa competition."

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Both the Champions League and Europa League are yet to complete their last-16 matches.

Paris Saint-Germain, who were declared Ligue 1 champions, are looking to play their Champions League games abroad after the French government said professional sports would not be allowed to return before September.

"Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon… will have to organise (matches) in France," Ceferin added.

"If this is not possible, (they) will Read More – Source