UEFA Tells EPL To "Finish The Season Or Use Play-Offs"


All of Europe's top five leagues are now suspended due to the global coronavirus pandemic and each of them remains incomplete, with league titles, Champions League spots and relegation positions all still to be decided.

That would appear to definitively rule out any possibility of seasons being voided altogether.

"UEFA Women's EURO is Europe's biggest women's sport event".

Manchester City would miss out due to their two-year European ban, although they have appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to have that overturned.

In Germany however, Bundesliga has said that it is ready to resume the league and is only awaiting approval from the government.

On a points-per-game basis, Wolves would fall below Sheffield United into seventh in the Premier League table.

"If we don't finish the games, as UEFA said yesterday then it should be on sporting merit".

"When we had to take an urgent decision on the postponement of Euro 2020, we always had the impact on the women's Euro 2021 tournament in mind", UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said in a statement.

UEFA has released a statement urging "all possible options" to be considered by national associations at this unprecedented time, though reaffirmed their commitment to completing domestic competitions if possible in a safe environment.

The ideal scenario, if the situation regarding the pandemic allows it to happen, is for the now suspended competitions to be terminated by allowing clubs to qualify for UEFA club competitions based on sporting merit in their original format. Uefa said that this would enable clubs to qualify for next season's European competitions on "sporting merit".

While UEFA obviously want domestic seasons across Europe to be properly concluded so as not to cause potential problems in terms of qualifying for 2020/21 European competitions, the governing body is not putting additional pressure on any national association to have to finish.

UEFA have confirmed that any leagues which can not be finished must select their European places based on sporting merit.

Following UEFA's executive committee meeting on Thursday by video conference, UEFA said maintaining the same name would be a way of remembering the coronavirus pandemic and the hard times faced.

"I still believe the league should be decided on sporting merit, whether that's title winners, European qualification or relegation". The agreed protocol would see all clubs "working within a confined regime" closed off to the public and all remaining matches played behind closed doors.

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