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UEFA asks European Leagues to tell until 25th May whether to complete season or cancel

UEFA asks European Leagues for decision on domestic seasons by 25th May.

Football is postponed all over Europe except Belarus due to coronavirus epidemic.

Premier League stepped up its plan this week to restart the season in what has been labelled ‘Project Restart’.

Tottenham, Brighton & Hove and Arsenal have already opened their training grounds to players of individual training.

Premier League is expecting a possible 8th June resumption and end at the end of July to fit in UEFA’s European competition plans. Full training will begin by 18th May.

Top-flight clubs will meet on Friday to discuss possibilities for the resume.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said he had been in contact with clubs about resuming the Premier League “as soon as possible”.

Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) deputy chief executive Bobby Barnes said: “We have been assured of the intentions of all that there would be no resumption unless guarantees of safety could be given to the players. The overriding principle for all parties is the health and safety of all participants on and off the field, and of course the wider public”.

Scottish Premiership is postponed until further notice and the season could yet be finished, a step already taken with the second, third and fourth levels north of the border.

UEFA president and general secretary write to all football bodies:

“Given the unforeseen and unprecedented situation, national association and leagues are facing a situation whereby the completion of their domestic competitions may be at risk”.

Shareholders are told that they “should be in a position to communicate to UEFA by 25th May the planned restart of their domestic competitions, including the date of restart and the relevant competition format.

In the event that a domestic competition is to be prematurely terminated for legitimate reasons, UEFA would require the national association to explain by 25th May”.

UEFA is believed to have set the date because of its next executive committee meeting two days later, when decisions on the restarting of the Champions League and Europa League may be reached. It is viewed as flexible guidance, rather than a inflexible deadline. UEFA insisted clubs to “see all possibilities” to finish their seasons.

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