It has been confirmed that Euro 2020, which was due to take place this summer, has been postponed until next year due to concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
The tournament will now take place between June 11th, 2021 and July 11th, 2021.
The news was first confirmed by the Norwegian FA, with a statement subsequently released by UEFA.
UEFA har bestemt at EM utsettes til 2021. Det skal spilles fra 11. juni til 11. juli neste år. Mer informasjon kommer.
— NorgesFotballforbund (@nff_info) March 17, 2020
The decision was announced following a video conference meeting between UEFA's 55 member countries on Tuesday. In UEFA's statement they say:
UEFA today announced the postponement of its flagship national team competition, UEFA EURO 2020, due to be played in June and July this year. The health of all those involved in the game is the priority, as well as to avoid placing unnecessary pressure on national public services involved in staging matches. The move will help all domestic competition, currently on hold due to the COVID-19 emergency, to be completed.
The Republic of Ireland's play-off match against Slovakia will now be played during the international window at the start of June, subject to review:
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.
The tournament was scheduled to be hosted by 12 cities around the continent, including Dublin, between June 12th, 2020 and July 12th, 2020. For those who have tickets to EURO 2020, UEFA's statement says: "UEFA would like to reassure existing ticket buyers and hospitality clients that if they cannot attend the tournament in 2021, the face value of their tickets and packages will be refunded in full. Within the next month, further information on the refund process will be communicated to existing ticket buyers via e-mail and on euro2020.com/tickets."
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