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UEFA to consider postponing Euro 2020 for one year as coronavirus outbreak causes decimation of sporting fixtures

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Euro 2020 could be postponed for a year.

Euro 2020 could be postponed for a year.

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Euro 2020 could be postponed for a year.

UEFA will meet on Tuesday to discuss a series of proposals for the remainder of the football season, including the option that Euro 2020 is postponed for a year.

European football's governing body has organised a video conference involving stakeholders such as all 55 member nations on March 17, in order to discuss the implications of the coronavirus outbreak on all club football, continental and domestic, as well as the upcoming European Championship tournament.

Both Bosnia & Herzegovinia and Slovakia have requested that this month's play-off matches, against Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland respectively, be postponed. The two football associations face playing the games with decimated squads should they proceed as planned.

It is understood that delaying the entire tournament for a year is an option and French outlet L'Equipe have claimed that UEFA are set to ratify that decision.

It will be made, the report claims, in order to free up the summer for the conclusion of this season's Champions League and Europa League tournaments, which are expected to be postponed at Tuesday's meeting.

Sporting bodies across Europe are currently reacting to the covid-19 outbreak, with domestic leagues in Spain, Italy, Portugal and Holland all suspended.

In the Republic of Ireland, the government has banned outdoor gatherings of over 500 people. The GAA has suspended all activity until March 29, while the Football Association of Ireland and the Irish Rugby Football Union set to announce its response.

Belfast Telegraph