UEFA decide Champions League qualification ‘will be worked out on sporting merit’ if Premier League season can’t be finished…
meaning Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal could all miss out on points-per-game
- UEFA held a crunch meeting on Thursday morning to decide fate of the season
- It was reportedly decided that if leagues do not finish, qualification for the Champions League and Europa League should be decided on ‘sporting merit’
- Decision means current top four would qualify for 2020-21 Champions League
- Liverpool, Manchester City, Leicester and Chelsea would take four English spots
- Tottenham (8th) and Arsenal (9th) would miss out on a European place entirely
UEFA have decided that if top European leagues are unable to finish their current campaigns due to the coronavirus crisis, then next season’s European places will be chosen on ‘sporting merit’, it has been reported.
This would mean a decision made on points-per-game tally, according to The Times, which would secure a Champions League spot next season for the Premier League’s current top four of Liverpool, Manchester City, Leicester and Chelsea.
UEFA’s decision would see Manchester United and Wolves take the Europa League places, while Arsenal and Tottenham would miss out on European football entirely if the current Premier League season is unable to be completed.
As it stands, the two north London sides sit eighth and ninth respectively in the top-flight table, but they would be flipped around on a points-per-game measure, with Arsenal having played one less game.
That means the Gunners, on UEFA’s potential plan, would leapfrog Spurs and finish above them for the first time in four years.
Above them, meanwhile, the decision would be excellent news for Sheffield United amid their stunning first season back in the top flight.
They are below Wolves in the current Premier League standings, but having played a game less their points-per-game tally is slightly better, meaning they would move up to sixth and the Europa League places.
Other than that, the Premier League table would remain the same, with Bournemouth, Norwich and Aston Villa still occupying the relegation places.
Thursday’s meeting of UEFA’s executive committee was led by president Alexander Ceferin and held via a videoconference from 9am.
Plenty of big decisions had previously been made by the committee, such as the postponement of Euro 2020, so it was always expected that more tough calls would be made this week.
The first strand of business was already decided during a preliminary meeting on Tuesday, which included the general secretaries of UEFA’s 55 member states.