UEFA has revealed it will take "special cases"
into consideration regarding Champions League and Europa League qualification
if certain European domestic leagues are cancelled.
UEFA's executive committee is expected to set out on
Thursday how teams might qualify for next season's European competitions if
domestic leagues and cups are cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
European football's governing body had said earlier this
month that clubs' places in the Champions League and Europa League could be
jeopardised if competitions were ended prematurely but softened its stance
after a national association meeting earlier this week.
It is still UEFA's "strong recommendation" that
national association do everything possible to finish the 2019/20 season, but
now says it will consider "special cases" and its executive committee
is poised to set out the protocols for how teams may qualify.
They may opt to adopt a points-per-game approach to decide
who should qualify from cancelled league competitions, while national
associations may be able to submit their own suggestions to UEFA for deciding
entrants from cup competitions.
Once the guidelines are set, it may prompt the Scottish
Professional Football League to consult with Premiership clubs over ending the
campaign. The lower divisions in Scotland have already curtailed their seasons.
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has sounded a very
cautious note on the subject of sport returning any time soon, even behind
Belgium is close to confirming the cancellation of the Pro
League season, while the decision of the Dutch Government to extend a ban on
major events taking place until September 1 looks set to mean the Eredivisie
will also be forced to end its campaign.
A fixture working group is still looking at calendar options
and is committed to outlining its plans no later than mid-May.
The hope is to complete domestic leagues and cups in June
and July, leaving August clear to finish off the 2019-20 Champions League and