The Times’ chief sports reporter, Martyn Ziegler, has revealed that UEFA will take a meritocratic approach when deciding who qualifies for the next season’s Champions League and Europa League competitions.
UEFA announced on Tuesday that they will be pushing to have all domestic leagues completed this season but also added that special cases will be heard if domestic leagues are cancelled.
The Sun reported yesterday that, in the case of the season being voided, UEFA will use the teams’ coefficient scores to determine who will play in the Champions League and the Europa League next season.
That would have potentially seen Arsenal qualify for the Champions League while Tottenham would have been consigned to Europa League football.
However, Ziegler has now claimed that UEFA’s executive committee has decided to adopt a points-per-game approach, where the points that each team has acquired so far will be extrapolated to calculate each team’s total tally at the end of 38 games.
The European qualification spots will then be decided based on the final table, as UEFA are said to believe this is a more meritocratic approach.
Ziegler took to social media to post the following:
I should add that UEFA's guidelines ONLY affects European qualification, not domestic issues
— Martyn Ziegler (@martynziegler) April 23, 2020
Spurs Web Opinion
Assuming the season is voided, it would actually suit Spurs if UEFA used the coefficients rather than a points-per-game approach. At least with the coefficients, Spurs will have a chance of qualifying for the Champions League if Manchester City’s ban is upheld.
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