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Swiss soccer to restart earlier to help Basel
Published in Ahram Online on 04 - 06 - 2020

The Swiss soccer league will restart several days earlier than planned to help Europa League contender Basel cope with a backlog of matches in August.
The restart amid the coronavirus pandemic was set for June 19-21 in the top two divisions.
The Swiss soccer federation now says Basel's Swiss Cup quarterfinal match against Lausanne Sport will be played without fans on June 14 instead of the Aug. 5-6 dates for the other quarterfinal matches.
Basel is scheduled to resume play in the Europa League in early August. It holds a 3-0 lead over Eintracht Frankfurt from the first leg of the round of 16.
Basel also faces a potential clash with this season's Europa League possibly overlapping with next season's preliminary rounds.
Basel is currently in third place in the Swiss league and the third-place team should enter the Europa League qualifying rounds in late July or early August.
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