European Championships postponed to make room to finish domestic programmes

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"Uefa tabled a range of options so that competitions can finish this season safely"

The 2020 European Championships have been postponed by UEFA to make room to complete the 2019-20 domestic seasons across the continent.

European football's governing body made the decision during an emergency video conference involving major stakeholders on Tuesday.

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"We are at the helm of a sport that vast numbers of people live and breathe that has been laid low by this invisible and fast-moving opponent," said Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin.

"It is at times like these, that the football community needs to show responsibility, unity, solidarity and altruism.

"The health of fans, staff and players has to be our number one priority and in that spirit, Uefa tabled a range of options so that competitions can finish this season safely and I am proud of the response of my colleagues across European football.

"There was a real spirit of co-operation, with everyone recognising that they had to sacrifice something in order to achieve the best result."

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The tournament was originally scheduled to take place from from June 12 to July 12 this summer but will now run from June 11 to July 11 in 2020.

The postponement provides a chance for European leagues that have been suspended to now be completed.

The FA are also in talks with UEFA about a potential for rescheduling the women's European Championships next year - with three of those games set to take place in Milton Keynes.

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