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Scots' play-off, Scottish Cup put back

UEFA postpones Euro 2020 until next summer

Hampden,

Venue: Hampden Park (pic: SNS Group)

Euro 2020 has been postponed by a year due to the outbreak of coronavirus.

The decision was taken today by UEFA following a meeting by video conference call of all 55 member associations.

The rescheduled tournament will now take place from 11 June to 11 July, 2021.

Scotland’s European Championship qualifying play-off against Israel, which was due to be played this month, has been provisionally rescheduled for June.

The Scottish Cup semi-finals and final, which was set for 9 May, have also been put back.

“It’s a flagship event for the Scottish FA and it means a lot to clubs, players, and supporters to watch their team lift the Scottish Cup,” SFA chief executive Ian Maxwell said.

“We want to give every supporter that can the chance to come and watch those games, so we’ll look to reschedule those games as soon as possible.

This year’s European Championships were due to be hosted around Europe from 12 June-12 July, with Hampden Park one of 12 venues scheduled to stage matches.

The move could pave the way for leagues in Scotland and elsewhere in Europe which have been suspended to be completed by the end of June.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said: “We are at the helm of a sport that vast numbers of people live and breathe that has been laid low by this invisible and fast-moving opponent.

“It is at times like these, that the football community needs to show responsibility, unity, solidarity and altruism.

“The health of fans, staff and players has to be our number one priority and in that spirit, UEFA tabled a range of options so that competitions can finish this season safely and I am proud of the response of my colleagues across European football.”

The Nations League and the European Under-21 Championships are also scheduled to take place next summer, while the 2021 Women’s European Championships are set to take place in England from 7 July, just four days before the proposed men’s final at Wembley Stadium.

Racing suspended

All horse racing in the United Kingdom will be suspended from Wednesday until the end of April because of the coronavirus outbreak.

It had already been decided that the Grand National meeting was cancelled.

Kelso went ahead on Monday and today’s meetings at Wetherby and Taunton go ahead without spectators.

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) said the decision will be kept under “constant review”.



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