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COVID-19: Champions League semifinal, final can be played over four-day period

In the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Champions League can see both semi-finals and the final played over a four-day period in Istanbul.

SNS | New Delhi |

Amid the outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus pandemic, the ongoing season of the UEFA Champions League could see its semifinals and the final being played in a period of four days in Istanbul.

According to a report on IANS via the telegraph.co.uk, the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) is considering to propose the idea, along with several others, during the emergency video conference meetings on Tuesday to decide the fate of this year’s continental club competitions.

If the idea is agreed, the same would apply to the Europa League where the final is due to take place in the Polish city of Gdansk.

The UEFA had last week postponed all the Champions League and Europa League games that were scheduled to be played on March 17 and 18 till further notice.

Another idea likely to be proposed is to condense all the quarter-final and semi-final games, which originally have the home and away leg, into one-off knockout matches to conclude them within a week. Whereas, the remaining second legs of the Round of 16 matches are to be played as normal once the game is allowed to return in Europe.

Juventus player Daniele Rugani tested positive after which the entire squad was placed under quarantine. Chelsea forward Callum Hudson-Odoi was also tested positive last week forcing the entire squad into self-isolation.

The deadly COVID-19 has so far spread to more than 100 countries, infecting over 1,69,00 people and killing more than 6,500 people across the world. In India, two casualties have been reported so far, while the virus has already affected more than 100 people.