The European Union “UEFA” and its South American counterpart decided “KunmebolToday, the two championships of the teams that were scheduled in June and July 2020 have been postponed to the same time period next year, against the backdrop of fears of an emerging Corona virus.
The new date contradicts the first edition of the World Cup clubs in their new form, which was to be hosted by China with the participation of 24 teams.
Commenting on the federations ’decision, Infantino confirmed that FIFA“ has been in constant contact with the continental federations, member associations and other partners around the world, ”highlighting the importance of health safety and sporting solidarity in the game.
He added, “In this context, FIFA received two requests from Kunmebol and UEFA to defer the Copa America 2020 and the European Cup 2020 to the period of June and July 2021, which is the time period that was previously reserved for the FIFA Confederations Cup, and is now reserved for the FIFA Club World Cup in its new form.”
Infantino noted that FIFA will hold a meeting Wednesday, during which its president will propose “agreeing to defer the Copa America and the European Cup 2020 to June and July 2021, and the report at a later stage, when things become clearer about this situation, until when the Club World Cup in its new form will be rescheduled in Later period in 2021, 2022, or 2023 ».
The International Federation indicated that it would also discuss with the Chinese government and its local soccer association “the postponement of the FIFA Club World Cup in its new form in order to reduce any negative impact”, hoping that new solutions and scheduling of deadlines will be reached by the end of next April.
Infantino stressed that the goal “remains to find balanced solutions for the benefit of football and to protect the interests of partners and tournament organizers” at various levels.