Fifa set to rearrange 2021 Club World Cup after Euro 2020 postponed due to coronavirus

Governing body will accept Uefa’s postponements and have donated $10m to the World Health Organisation

Tuesday 17 March 2020 18:27 GMT
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Fifa have called a council conference call for Wednesday where they will accept the postponements of Euro 2020 and Copa America 2020 until next year.

The Club World Cup, due to be played in the summer of 2021, will also be discussed, with that tournament set to be postponed either until later in 2021, 2022 or 2023.

In a statement from president Gianni Infantino, Fifa pledged a direct contribution of $10m to the World Health Organisation COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.

He said: “To protect the interests of all stakeholders and competition organisers, whether they be national, continental or worldwide, I have called for a Bureau of the Council conference call tomorrow to see how we can progress matters collectively.

“During this call, I will suggest the following next steps: to accept the postponements of the CONMEBOL 2020 Copa America and the UEFA Euro 2020 to the June/July of 2021; to decide at a later stage – when there is more clarity on the situation – when to reschedule the new FIFA Club World Cup, later in 2021, in 2022 or in 2023.”

“FIFA will also consult with professional football stakeholders to be able to shortly announce any necessary amendments or temporary dispensations to the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players’ to protect contracts for both players and clubs,” Infantino added.

“It goes without saying that FIFA will keep in regular contact with all members of the football community during this difficult period.

“As I stated yesterday, challenging circumstances offer the opportunity for people to come together, show what they can do in a collective spirit, and emerge stronger and better prepared for the future. And this is what FIFA is aiming to do here.”


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