Coronavirus A decisive week ahead
The coronavirus outbreak across Europe has thrown the immediate future of the continent’s football tournaments into a lot of doubt. Uncertainty remains with regards to LaLiga Santander as well as all European competitions.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez declared a State of Emergency on Friday night and Spain has gone into lockdown.
The current situation dictates that football is quite low in the nation’s list of priorities. But like all of Europe, LaLiga are seeking solutions.
LaLiga has remained in constant contact with European Clubs Association (ECA) and UEFA. A meeting will be held on Tuesday, which should be decisive in terms of determining what course of action should be taken.
The current rumour is that the Europa League and Champions League will be reduced to one game per round.
The most unpredictable competition is Euro 2020 due to its continental nature. It’s potential delay could open up space for major European domestic competitions to be completed.
In terms of LaLiga Santander and similar competitions, a suspension would cause much controversy.
France has suggested cancelling their flagship tournament altogether, without winners or losers. Whilst Germany has contemplated ending the season now and giving prizes based on current standings.
For Spain, this would see Barcelona crowned champions, leave Atletico Madrid out of the Champions League and relegate Mallorca, Espanyol and Leganes.
There’s no easy solution, and whatever happens, somebody will not be pleased.
A meeting will be held