UEFA decide Premier League teams for Champions league if season cancelled amidst the coronavirus pandemic threat around the globe.
Sporting events around the world are currently facing uncertainty over their future following the coronavirus threat that has engulfed the planet. However, plans and structures are being placed in order to ensure a smooth passage once it will be declared safe to play again.
UEFA, the governing body of European football are also making sure that the game can return in order to maintain its integrity. However, they certain measures have also been taken to ensure that there is no confusion next season should the current one fail to complete.
UEFA decide Premier League teams for Champions league if season cancelled
UEFA has decided that if leagues do not finish then qualification for the Champions League and Europa League should be on sporting merit according to Martyn Ziegler from The Times. It is also suggested that this could see qualification decided on a ‘points per game’ basis.
However, Ziegler clarifies that it will have no bearing on domestic issues such as title wins and relegation.
I should add that UEFA’s guidelines ONLY affects European qualification, not domestic issues
— Martyn Ziegler (@martynziegler) April 23, 2020
This would mean that Liverpool, Manchester City, Leicester City and Chelsea will make it to the Champions League. Manchester United and Sheffield United could occupy the Europa League spots.
However, if Man City fail to overturn UEFA’s ban, their spot will be taken by United. Wolves on the other hand, will join Sheffield United in the Europa League.
The points per game basis could also mean Arsenal would finish the season above Tottenham for the first time in four years.
On the other side of the table, Bournemouth, Norwich and Aston Villa still occupy the relegation spots.
If Premier League decided by points per game
* Sheff Utd would go from 7th to 6th, leapfrogging Wolves
* Arsenal would go from 9th to 8th, finishing above Spurs for first time in four years
* Liverpool 1st
* Bournemouth, Norwich, Villa still in relegation zone https://t.co/Po2VYGKKsZ
— Oliver Kay (@OliverKay) April 23, 2020
Earlier it was reported that the UEFA was planning to ensure qualification through coefficient points. A decision that would have controversially allowed Arsenal back in to the Champions League, while Chelsea slipped back to the Europa League. Leicester City, Sheffield United and Wolverhampton would have missed out on European football altogether.
UEFA’s plan would not just impact the Premier League, but also the other top European divisions.
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