Arsenal and Man Utd could win Champions League places if Premier League season is abandoned


Arsenal and Manchester United could get controversial Champions League returns – if the current coronavirus-affected season doesn’t restart.

UEFA chiefs met with the 55 national associations – including the English FA – on Tuesday by videoconference on Tuesday, and it was agreed to try to continue restarting the leagues by June.

But European bosses have also been forced to make contingency plans if national seasons cannot resume, due to the global pandemic which has wreaked havoc on calendars around the world.

And The Sun said if this season is interrupted, UEFA has asked the associations to use their coefficient scores to decide which teams will play in European competitions next year.

Arsenal and Manchester United received a boost in the Champions League

The coefficient tables are compiled on European performances over a continuous period of five years, with points for victories and draws, plus bonus points for group and eliminatory qualification.

The controversial idea would see Arsenal, who is currently ninth and eight points behind Chelsea, fourth, taking one of the four places in the English Football Champions League.

Manchester United, three points behind the Blues in fifth place, would also join Manchester City and Liverpool in the European elite competition.

Chelsea, who won the Champions League in 2012, could be controversial

If this crazy idea materializes, Chelsea and Leicester – who are currently in the top four – as well as Tottenham, would be forced to settle for Europa League football while Sheffield United and Wolves would miss completely.

Tottenham, however, would be dismissed from Champions League football if the two-year European ban on Manchester City is maintained.

Premier League clubs are also said to be already preparing their lawyers to fight the decision if UEFA actually continues their plans.

Whether this idea will materialize remains to be seen, but it was one of the potential plans raised at Tuesday’s crisis meeting.

UEFA still in talks with 55 national associations to resume season

Meanwhile, UEFA has denied receiving a request from the World Health Organization to suspend all football until the end of 2021.

A report was published Tuesday in the Italian publication La Republicca claiming that UEFA had received a notice from WHO recommending that football be resumed only in early 2022.

But The Independent said UEFA had canceled these rumors and is still in talks to resume the 2019/20 season when it is certain.


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