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European Finals
Discussion started by lechef , 24 March, 2020 13:27
European Finals
lechef 24 March, 2020 13:27
Here is the latest from the EPCR

Following a conference call on Monday 23 March, the EPCR Board can reconfirm the suspension of this season’s Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup tournaments and has furthermore decided to postpone the semi-final matches, as well as the 2020 Marseille finals, which were due to be played on the weekends of 1/2/3 May and 22/23 May respectively.

In making the decision, the Board is abiding by the official directives and recommendations of the relevant authorities in its territories to restrict the COVID-19 pandemic.

In light of the earlier postponement of its quarter-final matches and with fixtures in Europe’s professional league competitions currently suspended due to the public health crisis, EPCR believes it necessary to provide as much clarity as possible to all stakeholders regarding the knockout stages of its tournaments.

To that end, EPCR is working with the leagues and unions to restructure a conclusion to its season as part of a wider rescheduling of the remainder of the season in Europe, with all contingencies underpinned by the requirement to protect the health and welfare of players, club staff, match officials, supporters and the wider rugby community.

EPCR remains committed to completing the 2019/20 Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup season, and it is planned to reschedule the quarter-final and semi-final matches, as well as the Marseille finals, in line with fixtures in the professional league competitions, subject to advice from government and local authorities.

Tickets already purchased for the Marseille finals will be valid for the new dates when announced, and from that point, fans who are unable to attend on the new dates will be entitled to a refund.

EPCR would like to thank Olympique de Marseille, the staff at the Orange Vélodrome and all local and regional partners for their continuing collaboration, and an update regarding the knockout stages of the Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup will be communicated as soon as practicable.

Keep well and safe

Re: European Finals
Chops3 26 March, 2020 09:08
I assume that delays to the European campaign matches could have a major impact on our ability to win it, particularly if moved to later in the summer or the autumn, as we may then be reduced to our 2020/21 Championship squad. At some point this summer, player contracts with Saracens will end and those leaving or going out on loan will start their new contracts wit other clubs.

It goes without saying that delaying the season to protect lives is absolutely the right thing to be doing, and the result of a sports competition are a minor concern compared with the current crisis, but this is an issue I have not seen discussed yet.

Re: European Finals
Roger G 26 March, 2020 09:30
Chops - I think you have the answer in your post. I doubt even the players, who's list of career achievements could be affected, would place rugby matches, however important, above the health and lives of themselves and their families.

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Chops3
I assume that delays to the European campaign matches could have a major impact on our ability to win it, particularly if moved to later in the summer or the autumn, as we may then be reduced to our 2020/21 Championship squad. At some point this summer, player contracts with Saracens will end and those leaving or going out on loan will start their new contracts wit other clubs.
It goes without saying that delaying the season to protect lives is absolutely the right thing to be doing, and the result of a sports competition are a minor concern compared with the current crisis, but this is an issue I have not seen discussed yet.

Re: European Finals
myleftboot 26 March, 2020 13:30
Yes, this is so utterly unprecedented, how can you plan ahead? My work has carried on much as usual, with exceptions as to what I can do in properties (ie practically nothing!) and the tension and panic is palpable, I would suggest the lock down is going to cause a lot of problems on top of the threat of the virus as and when it eases


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