European Football governing body, UEFA, has postponed its top national team cup competition, Euro 2020, until 2021.
The competition, which was scheduled to take place in 12 cities across Europe from 12 June to 12 July, 2020, will now be Euro 2021.
In a statement on Tuesday, the body disclosed the new dates for the competition as 11 June to 11 July, 2021.
UEFA said it took the decision due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic which has crippled the world of sports in the last week.
“The health of all those involved in the game is the priority, as well as to avoid placing any unnecessary pressure on national public services involved in staging matches. The move will help all domestic competitions, currently on hold due to the COVID-19 emergency, to be completed,” the statement read.
“All UEFA competitions and matches (including friendlies) for clubs and national teams for both men and women have been put on hold until further notice. The UEFA EURO 2020 play-off matches and international friendlies, scheduled for the end of March, will now be played in the international window at the start of June, subject to a review of the situation.
“A working group has been set up with the participation of leagues and club representatives to examine calendar solutions that would allow for the completion of the current season and any other consequence of the decisions made today.
“The decisions, taken by UEFA’s Executive Committee, followed videoconference meetings held today with the presidents and general secretaries of the 55 national associations, as well as representatives of the European Club Association, European Leagues and FIFPro Europe, convened by UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin, to find a coherent plan to break the logjam of fixtures building up due to the spread of the virus across the continent.”