UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has hinted at the current season being 'lost' if plans to resume football by the end of June fail. The 52-year-old Slovenian did not rule out extending it into the next season and also laid down a number of options to ensure that the hiatus does not last.
The coronavirus pandemic has led to the halt of all the top European leagues and while individual league governing bodies have predicted timelines for football to resume, the picture looks quite blurry. Thanks to the postponement of Euro 2020, most league centers should be able to conclude the remainder of the season if they manage to resume as scheduled. Nevertheless, the possibility of this remains uncertain and this, according to the UEFA chief, could cause some campaigns to be nullified.
In essence, clubs who sit atop of the respective league tables will not be recognized as champions should the season be truncated. In an interview with Italian newspaper La Repubbilica, Ceferin acknowledged the challenge presented by the suspended campaigns but revealed that UEFA were actively considering multiple measures to ensure that all the league are completed.
"If we don't succeed in restarting, the season will probably be lost," he said.
"There is a plan A, B and C. The three options are to start again in mid-May, in June or at the end of June.
"There is also the possibility of starting again at the beginning of the next [season], starting the following one later. We will see the best solution for leagues and clubs."
Ceferin further hinted at the prospect of matches being played in empty stadiums. He acknowledged that while it was not an ideal solution, it could be the only way forward.
"It's hard for me to imagine all the matches behind closed doors," he added.
"But we still don't know whether we'll resume, with or without spectators. If there was no alternative, it would be better to finish the championships anyway.
"But I can say that I don't think about the finals of the European club competitions behind closed doors."