With no indication of when activity in the European soccer leagues will even resume, the friendly matches that clubs from the Old Continent used to play in the United States as part of their preseason have been canceled.
The measure was announced on Friday by Relevent Sports, the company organizing the matches, framed in a tournament called the International Champions Cup.
“The lack of clarity on when the restrictions that force social distancing will be lifted and the uncertainty about the international football calendar, with the potential that European national leagues and UEFA tournaments will continue to be played until August, imply that it is It is not feasible to plan an International Champions Cup for this summer, ”said Daniel Sillman, the CEO of Relevent Sports Group, in a statement.
Many big European clubs have appeared in the tournament, which has been held mainly on US courts since 2013 and often draws a large crowd. According to some reports, the organizers hoped to schedule an edition of the Spanish classic between Real Madrid and Barcelona at this year's contest, at the new NFL Raiders stadium being built in Las Vegas.
Relevent hoped to carry out the women's edition of the contest this year, which was launched in 2018, and to resume the men's tournament in the United States and Asia in 2021.