European football, currently at a standstill because of the coronavirus, is focusing on a restart in July and August with clubs and leagues being told that stopping competitions should “really be the last resort.”

Uefa, the European Club Association and the European Leagues’ umbrella group sent a joint letter to their members on Thursday saying it was of “paramount importance” that competitions, including domestic leagues, were decided on the field.

The letter, seen by Reuters, was sent hours after the Belgian league abandoned the season and proclaimed Club Brugge as champions. There have also been calls from clubs in the Netherlands and Italy for those respective leagues to be called off.

However, the letter said that two working groups set up by Uefa – which has agreed to postpone its flagship Euro 2020 tournament until next year – were working on ways of extending the current season beyond the official June 30 finish. It expected to give more details by mid-May.

The letter said the working groups were “focusing on scenarios encompassing the months of July and August, including the possibility that the Uefa competitions restart after the completion of domestic leagues.”

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