Any UEFA adjustments to the time of the EURO 2020 finals will put them in a position against FIFA.
Consequences from the Covid-19 epidemic caused two major football organizations in the world, the European Football Federation (UEFA) and the World Football Association (FIFA), into a state of turmoil. The metaphor for this statement is presented by AS journalist Aritz Gabilondo in a face-to-face photo between UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin and FIFA President Gianni Infantino.
For UEFA tournaments, the urgent solution is to change the playing style from two rounds to one play-off. For example, since the quarter-finals of the Champions League and the 1/8 round of the Europa League, teams have played only one game. In this way, the Champions League and Europa League finals can still take place at the original time.
In the case of matches in the European Cup to postpone indefinitely, this will greatly affect the final round of EURO 2020 which will take place in June. this football festival, also moving to 2021. This is arguably the most feasible idea.
However, things are not so simple. 2021 is the time of the FIFA Club World Cup. This tournament was also reformed when the number of participating teams increased to 24. Many giants of European football such as Real, Barca, Juventus, PSG, Bayern Munich will attend. At this time, a dispute of interest between UEFA and FIFA occurred.
UEFA and FIFA have been described as wanting to create revolutions to attract viewers, thereby earning large sums of money through advertising contracts, television rights. Therefore, FIFA is said to “no way” to give the piece of cake is the summer time 2021 for UEFA. As for the stars, they can’t attend the two playgrounds at the same time.
Journalist Aritz Gabilondo commented that UEFA is facing a difficult problem. Any adjustments to the playing time of the EURO finals will put them in a state of conflict of interest with FIFA and create a conflict within the organization itself. 2021 is the time of the EURO women’s final round.
Recently, UEFA has constantly made improvements to gender equality. They do not want female players to be disadvantaged than their male counterparts. If the EURO for men’s football is postponed to the summer of 2021, then who will follow the women’s matches? Perhaps it doesn’t take too long to find the answer.
The Nations League, a UEFA initiative, just over a year ago is also at risk of “premature death”, because the player can not appear in many arenas in a short time. Too many problems arose with UEFA amid the raging storm of Covid-19.
This will make the meeting on March 17 of the heads of the organization and the football federation of European nations become tense. The outcome of the UEFA meeting is not known, but one thing is certain that the ruling from the highest football authority in Europe will upset everything and push the football picture into chaos.