UEFA have reiterated their desire to finish all the domestic league and cup competitions but admitted that special cases will have to be considered if some leagues are cancelled.
All major domestic leagues and cup competitions across Europe have now been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic while the Euros have been postponed until next year as nations look to flatten the curve.
There has not yet been any final confirmation on when the leagues will restart, therefore, there remains a lot of uncertainty with regards to promotion, relegation, and European qualification.
After a meeting that was held today via video conference, UEFA have stated that they will push to have all the leagues completed in order to determine who qualifies for the Champions League and the Europa League next season.
While they admitted that special cases will be heard if domestic leagues are cancelled, the European governing body revealed that a final decision will be made after a meeting of the Executive Committee on Thursday.
A statement on UEFA’s website read: “UEFA today met its 55 member associations via video conference and presented an update of the options being looked into by the two working groups that were created mid-March,” the statement read.
“A variety of calendar options were presented covering both national team and club competition matches.
“The funding of National Associations through UEFA’s HatTrick programme was also discussed with UEFA reiterating its commitment to meeting the payments to member associations as planned.
“There was a strong recommendation given to finish domestic top division and cup competitions, but some special cases will be heard once guidelines concerning participation to European competitions – in case of a cancelled league – have been developed.
“Any decisions on the above topics would be announced after the UEFA Executive Committee on Thursday.”
Spurs Web Opinion
We are likely going to have a situation in which some domestic leagues are completed behind closed doors while others are cancelled. So, UEFA will have to consider qualification on a league by league basis, which could get really messy. Tottenham’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League at this point look as if they rest on the Premier League season being called off.
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