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European bodies implore member associations to wait to abandon seasons

President of UEFA Ceferin in Serbia

BELGRADE, SERBIA - MARCH 31: President of UEFA Aleksander Ceferin holds a press conference with President of Football Association of Serbia (FSS) Slavisa Kokeza (not seen) as he visits the Sport Center Stara Pazova in Belgrade, Serbia on March 31, 2017. (Photo by Aleksandar Kokovic/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

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UEFA is speaking up regarding its hope to finish club seasons once the environment is safer.

Sky Sports reports that UEFA has sent a letter to its 55 members associations imploring them not to cancel their competitions early and that they exhaust all options “until the last possibility exists.”

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The letter is signed by UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin, European Club Association chairman Andrea Agnelli and European Leagues president Lars-Christer Olsson.

The report comes as the Belgian Super League reportedly prepares to award its league title to Club Brugge on April 15. The league would be the first to see its season abandoned due to the coronavirus pandemic.

From Sky Sports:

“We are confident that football can restart in the months to come - with conditions that will be dictated by public authorities - and believe that any decision of abandoning domestic competitions is, at this stage, premature and not justified.”

Many leagues, such as the Premier League, continue to suspend their seasons indefinitely as they wait for improvements with the coronavirus pandemic.

Although UEFA have relaxed their previous stance that domestic seasons should be finished by June 30, it is looking more likely that the 2019-20 season would need until August or September.