Man Utd and Arsenal could be handed Champions League returns while Chelsea drop to Europa League if the Premier League season gets scrapped.
Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal were regulars in the Champions League in the 2000’s. The last decade however, has seen all the clubs fall from their pedestal. The clubs now do not feature as often as they did in the past. In fact, a 2 of the 3 clubs plied their trades in the Europa League this season while Chelsea won the title last season.
The win promoted Chelsea to the Champions League; a spot they look good to keep following their performance in the Premier League. Manchester United sit behind the Blues at 5th spot. Arsenal, on the other hand, is all the way down at 9th position.
Yet it has emerged that off the 3 clubs, Chelsea are controversially the likeliest to miss out on Champions League should the Premier League season be scrapped.
Man Utd and Arsenal could be handed Champions League returns while Chelsea drop to Europa League
UEFA chiefs met with the 55 national associations – which included the English FA – via video conference on Tuesday. They agreed to attempt to press ahead with restarting leagues by June. However, according to The SUN, should the season have to be cancelled, UEFA have told the associations to use their coefficient scores to decide which teams will play in the European competitions next year.
This would mean that Manchester United and Arsenal will join Liverpool and Manchester City in the Champions League next season. Chelsea, Tottenham and 3rd placed Leicester City will have to toil in the Europa League instead. Sheffield United and Wolverhampton will miss out on European football altogether.
Should the European ban against Manchester City remain, Spurs will take their spot in the Champions League.
The report adds that Premier League clubs are already preparing their lawyers to fight this decision if UEFA do indeed press ahead with their plans.
It was one of the potential plans discussed in Tuesday’s crisis meeting. However, a genuine proposal will soon be discussed by the influential European Clubs Association and Uefa. The proposal will then go to European football’s ruling executive committee.
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