No one knows what’s going to happen with the Premier League due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Will it continue? Or will it be rendered null and void?
At the moment, clubs in the Premier League are committed to finishing the season when it’s safe to do so.
But, with as every day goes by, it gets more and more likely that the season will not be completed.
UEFA will have a lot of problems to resolve if domestic campaigns aren’t completed.
There’s a big question of who will qualify for European competitions next term.
Both clubs currently sit outside the Champions League spots. Manchester United are in fifth, while Arsenal are in ninth.
However, this wouldn’t matter.
The Sun report that Euro chiefs have been urged to order associations to use UEFA coefficient scores to decide which teams play in respective competitions next term.
These coefficients are determined by how sides have fared in Europe over the past five years.
That would see Arsenal and Man United joining Liverpool and Manchester City in the Champions League.
Leicester and Chelsea, both in the Champions League spots at the moment, would have to make do for a place in the Europa League.
They will be joined in that competition by Tottenham, while Wolves and Sheffield United would miss out on a European spot altogether.
English clubs ranked by their UEFA coefficients:
1. Man City – 112 points
2. Liverpool – 99 points
3. Man United – 92 points
4. Arsenal – 91 points
5. Tottenham – 85 points
6. Chelsea – 83 points
7. Leicester – 22 points
This would be incredible if it happened. But, at the moment, it’s all speculation.
And, even if the season is voided, which is looking unlikely at this current time, is this the best solution?
Chelsea and Leicester would both be fuming about missing out on a Champions League berth.
Sheffield United and Wolves are also on course to qualify for Europe and both would also be unhappy.
The financial benefits of qualifying for Europe are massive and I see those clubs kicking up a massive fuss if this idea is implemented.
UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin is understood not to be in favour, arguing that the “integrity of competitions” must be paramount and urging this season’s performances to be decisive.
But, despite Ceferin’s opposition, this was an idea that was raised earlier this week and will be discussed in the coming days.
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