Croatia: Football will be back at the end of May

Croatia: Football will be back at the end of May

The Executive Board of the Croatian Football Federation (HNS) has decided that the football season will continue on May 30, after it was interrupted in March because of COVID-19.

HNS announced on its website that following yesterday’s meeting with the Secretary of the Central State Office for Sport, Tomislav Družak, with representatives of the Croatian Institute of Public Health, dates were proposed for concessions in the sports sector. Thus, the relaxed measures concerning the training processes are in place for the next two weeks, while the competitions will resume at the end of May and the beginning of June.

In accordance with the epidemiological situation in the country, the final approval for resuming the competition on the recommendation of the HZJZ will be given by the National Civil Protection Headquarters.

Expecting the proposed dates to be confirmed by the Civil Protection Headquarters, the HNS Executive Board reversed its decision of April 7, 2020, and decided that the football season would continue on May 30 and 31 with the Croatian Cup semi-finals, and on June 6, with the continuation of the Croatian Telecom First League. All matches would be played without the presence of spectators.

The Croatian Cup final, according to the previous plan, would be played on August 1.

The Second HNL and Third HNL and other minor leagues will not resume for the 2019/20 season, as well as competitions in all younger age categories.

The Executive Board will subsequently make decisions on the eventual continuation of competitions in other leagues, as well as other necessary decisions regarding all competitions under the jurisdiction of HNS, and will notify clubs and the public promptly./ibna