The UEFA is about to confirm preliminary announcements made on how the 2019-2020 Champions League season will be completed within a 2-week timeframe in August.
The governing committee of the Union of European Football Association (UEFA) is slated to convene today to formalize plans of carrying on with just one leg for the quarterfinals and semifinals. The quarterfinals will see action on August 10, while the semifinals schedule is on August 18 and19, culminating with the Champions League final on August 23, 2020
It is expected that all games will transpire behind closed doors, similar to how domestic member associations have resumed their respective season.
Sky Italia reported that the original plan to hold the final matches in Istanbul, Turkey at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium has been scrapped and reset for the 2020-2021 UEFA Championship. The current plan is for the quarterfinal, semifinal and final rounds to take place at the Estádio da Luz (Stadium of Light) in Lisbon, Portugal.
UEFA Schedule Gives Time for Domestic Seasons to Decide Their Fate
The decision to hold the final rounds in mid-August took into consideration that the fate of the 2019-2020 domestic championship league of UEFA members, have to be decided by their respective government. So far, only Germany (Bundesliga), Spain (La Liga), UK (English Premier League), Italy (Serie A) have taken the initiative to complete their respective domestic season.
France’s Ligue 1 will not resume because the French government has no plans of lifting the ban on all sporting events. Paris St-Germain has been awarded the country’s top-flight title, and is one of four clubs to have already punched a ticket to the UEFA 2019-2020 Championship. The other three are: Atalanta (Italy), Atletico Madrid (Spain and RB Leipzig (Germany),
The Netherlands and Belgium have also announced that the ban on sporting events will remain in place; likewise suggesting that there are no plans to resume the country’s distuped top flight championship games.
Resumption of Top Flight Domestic Football Championships Means Return of Football Betting
Nonetheless, the sports betting industry has enough football games on which to base new offers. Bundesliga and La Liga are already seeing action since May 16 and June 11, respectively, while the English Premier League is set to kick off today )June 17. The games are all happening behind closed doors, and punters are also staying safe by staking their football wagers in online sportsbooks.
In Asia, although members of the Asian Football Confederation has conveyed commitments to see to the completion of their 2019-2020 football championship, discussion of plans are still underway. Nonetheless, Asian bettors have not been wanting in online gambling games even during lockdowns, since many of the Asia-facing online casinos were able to keep them company.
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