Copa America, Euro 2020 postponed to next year due to COVID-19 outbreak
3/17/2020 10:00:04 PM

Copa America and Euro 2020, a pair of major soccer events, have been postponed to next year due to  the COVID-19 outbreak.

Copa America was set for Argentina and Colombia from June 12 to July 12 this summer, but its organizer instead halted the event Tuesday.

"This is an extraordinary measure for an unexpected situation and responds to the fundamental need to avoid the exponential evolution of the virus," said CONMEBOL president Alejandro Dominguez.

He said the rescheduled dates are June 11 to July 11, 2021.

"It wasn't easy to take this decision, but we must safeguard at all times the health of our players and all those who form part of the big South American football family. Have no doubts that the oldest international tournament in the world will be back stronger than ever in 2021."

UEFA also put off EURO 2020 to the same dates and for the same reason, the growing concern over COVID-19, the organization announced Tuesday.

"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," UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said in a statement. "It is at times like these, that the football community needs to show responsibility, unity, solidarity and altruism."

EURO 2020 was set to start later this month with 16 playoff matches.

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