The showpiece finals were expected to take place in May, but rather become the latest sporting events to be postponed as a result of the outbreak.
UEFA has officially announced the postponements of this Champions League and Europa League finals Due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Women’s Champions League final has also been postponed.
The decision was widely anticipated given the scale of the pandemic but was officially taken by a working group set up by UEFA in response to the outbreak.
The group, consisting of agents of European clubs and leagues, decided in a video conference chaired by UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin.
No decision has yet been taken on other dates given the situation across Europe remains so uncertain.
“The working group will analyse the choices available,” read a UEFA statement. “The team has already started its examination of this calendar. Announcements will be made in due course.”
The Champions League final was initially scheduled to occur on Saturday, May 30 at the Ataturk Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey.
The Europa League final was meant to occur in the Polish city of Gdansk on Wednesday, May 27, while the Women’s Champions League final was scheduled for Saturday, May 24 in Viola Park in Vienna, Austria.
UEFA had already taken the decision to postpone this summer’s European Championship by 12 weeks to offer European leagues time to finish their seasons.
Leagues across the continent, and indeed around the world, have been closed down in an effort to restrict the spread of this virus.
La Liga and Ligue 1 are suspended indefinitely, while the Premier League, Women’s Super League, Serie A, and Bundesliga have tentatively indicated they could return in April, though that appears almost certain to be pushed back further given the stunt still seems to be accelerating.
The Champions League and Europa League were stopped at the round of 16 stages, with 14 last-16 ties across the 2 competitions still to be finished.
The Women’s Champions League had attained the quarter-final stage ahead of the contest was postponed, with all eight ties to be played.
Even if soccer was able to resume next month there would be precious little time to finish the rest of the fittings in time for the first final dates, making the decision to postpone them an inevitability.