Ceferin: “It is better to play with empty stadiums than not to”

first_imgUEFA President Aleksander Ceferin reviewed in Corriere della Sera the news that concerns the world of football after the pandemic of coronavirus. He spoke about when to resume competitions, how to tackle the economic crisis by being more flexible with the Financial Fair Play, the limitations and new measures that will be taken to be able to play again with full stadiums or about the exclusion of Belgian teams from the Champions League. and the Europa League for ending the season.End the season: “The priority is the health of the fans, players and managers. I am optimistic and I believe that there are options that allow us to resume and complete the championships. We may do it without spectators, but the important thing is to play. In difficult times, people will see It is normal that they can only be seen on television. It is too early to say that we cannot finish the season. The impact would be terrible for clubs and leagues. We must respect the authorities and wait for permission to play again. “Prioritize leagues to European competitions: “It depends on when it resumes, the leagues and cups can be played in parallel.”Deadline in Europe: “There is no deadline for the Champions League and Europa League finals. It depends on when we start playing again.”When will the national teams return: “I would say in September.”Guarantee controls to players and staff: “Authorities will only allow a fresh start if these measures are taken efficiently.”Play behind closed doors: “At first we will only watch soccer on television, but it is better than not doing it. The measures will be for a limited time and we will return to normal, with full stadiums.” Deadline to end the season: “I find it quite difficult to finish the season between September and October. It would have a huge impact on the schedule for next season.”Lighten the calendar load: “We will discuss the post-2024 international calendar and agree on future scenarios, but it is too early to discuss possible solutions.”Unify calendars in the future: “Full harmonization is difficult due to different weather conditions. In some countries it is not possible to play during the winter months.”Exclude Belgian teams: “Those decisions are not made alone. Football is interconnected. We have seen how important it is for UEFA and the leagues to work in coordination. The Executive Committee will review each case.”Economic damages for football: “Leagues are the basis of revenue for clubs. If they are completed, the financial consequences will be limited. UEFA, on the other hand, will lose a lot of money by postponing the Euro Cup.”Be flexible with the Financial Fair Play: “We have already suspended some conditions, but we will not rule out Financial Fair Play. It has brought many benefits, but it must be a help and not an obstacle, so we will be flexible.”The sanction against Manchester City: “The case has been handled by an independent body and is now in the TAS. It is not appropriate to comment.”Extend contracts and extend the transfer market: “We need to give more flexibility to clubs and players. It seems to me that expanding the transfer window is a good option.”The VAR: “It should only be used in case of clear errors. It is an important help but cannot guarantee that an offside by a toe is an absolute certainty.”last_img

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