UEFA chief Aleksander Ceferin has claimed the current "season is probably lost" if football is not able to resume by the end of June due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Despite ideally wanting to finish the current campaign, Ceferin admitted that the sport is beholden to the virus, with people's health "the most important thing".
"In this dramatic moment, the most important thing is people’s health and getting out of this crisis," he told La Repubblica. "Of course, the interruption of football symbolises that Europe and the world has stopped.
"We don’t know when this pandemic will end, but we have a plan A, B and even C. We are in contact with the Leagues, with the clubs, there’s a working group. We have to wait, like any other sector.
"[We could] start again in mid-May, in mid-June or at the end of June. Then, if we don’t succeed, the season is probably lost. There is also the proposal to end this season at the start of the next, which would then be postponed, starting a little later.
"We will see what the best solutions for the different Leagues and clubs are. It’s difficult to imagine all the games behind closed doors, but now we don’t even know if we will resume, with or without spectators.
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"If there are no other alternatives, it would still be better to conclude the championships. I can say that I don’t think about the European Cup Finals behind closed doors."
Ceferin also hit back at criticism of UEFA for allowing the Champions League last 16 clash between Atalanta and Valencia to be played behind closed doors after a number of fans gathered outside the stadium, breaking coronavirus protocol.
"When the Valencia-Atalanta match was played, football still went on everywhere in Europe. It was behind closed doors and the fans who gathered in front of the stadium were under the jurisdiction of the Spanish authorities.
"I also heard an idiotic criticism about the trip to Milan. On February 19, no one knew that Lombardy would be the centre of the epidemic. Who were we to say it shouldn’t go ahead? There are authorities in charge."
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