UEFA has cancelled the planned finals of its Under-19 European Championships for both men and women due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the confederation said on Tuesday.

The men’s tournament was due to be held in Romania from June 30 with the women’s event scheduled for Belarus from July 21.

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The Romanian capital Bucharest is one of the 12 host cities for the postponed men’s Euro 2020 tournament with UEFA expected to make a decision on the plans for that event on March 5.

“In making these decisions, the UEFA Executive Committee took note that, with the government restrictions currently in place the travelling of teams and staging of mini-tournaments would prove very difficult,” UEFA said in a statement.

“The UEFA member associations were consulted and supported the decision. Although it is unfortunate that…

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