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UEFA reverses Euro 2020 name decision after tweet 'error'

17:55 WAT 20/03/2020
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The tournament has been postponed by a year because of the coronavirus pandemic but it will not be referred to as Euro 2021

UEFA has clarified that no decision has been made regarding the name of the European Championship, which has been delayed until the summer of 2021.

The governing body had initially announced on Friday that the competition, which was delayed by 12 months due to the coronavirus pandemic, will still be named Euro 2020.

But the decision has been reversed, as UEFA posted another announcement on Twitter insisting the name of the tournament could still change.

"With apologies for the earlier error, to be clear no decision has yet been made on the name of the rearranged EURO to be held in 2021. The earlier tweet was sent by mistake," a tweet read.

The coronavirus has brought football leagues and competitions across the world to a halt this month and it remains unclear when the season will return, or even if the campaign will be allowed to finish.

While UEFA is aiming to have it wrapped up by June 30, it has set up a group to explore and weigh their options as they wait on further developments regarding the spread of Covid-19.

"The working group will comprise representatives of the UEFA administration, the European Club Association and the European Leagues. 

"It will explore different ways of enabling the completion of the current club season, both at domestic and European level. Final decisions can only be taken when we have greater clarity on when football will be able to restart.

"Our aim is to complete all European and domestic club competitions by the end of the current sporting season – 30 June 2020 – if the situation improves. However, the health of all people involved in the game must first be guaranteed.

"The working group will assess different scenarios. We must wait for the outcome of its discussions as well as the evolution of the situation before reaching any conclusions."

Coronavirus has claimed more than 8,770 lives worldwide from over 209,000 confirmed cases since the outbreak began, according to World Health Organisation figures.