Celtic title and relegation of Hearts – where things stand as the top of the FBCL reaches a milestone


Lower league clubs could vote to end their season early as FBCL holds in-depth discussions on how to deal with the coronavirus shutdown today.

But a final decision on the Premiership should be postponed until later this month.

All football in Scotland has been suspended since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic which claimed the lives of over 6,000 people in the UK alone.

There is growing concern that the 2019-20 season will not end, with the 42 SPFL clubs involved in a series of conference calls this afternoon.

Sport Record understands that the board of directors will ask the lower league clubs to end their season.

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However, UEFA has warned the top clubs that the premature end of the season could affect places in the Champions League and the Europa League.

It is therefore likely that any future vote on the early end of the season will be subject to the approval of the governing body.

The end of the season with the table as it stands would see the crowned Celtic champions and the Hearts relegated. The Jambos have threatened to sue for damages if relegation is imposed before the end of the 38 games.

This means that a final decision on the 2019-20 season is likely to be postponed for as long as possible.

However, if the lower leagues are called, it would mean that Dundee United would win in promotion and that Partick Thistle would be relegated from the championship, even if no mathematics were assured at the end of the season.

The Belgian clubs have already indicated their intention to call the league in this state and to become Club Brugge champion, but this decision has been referred to the UEFA executive committee.

On Wednesday, the Eredivisie warned the governing body that it would make its own decision on how to carry out the campaign.

At present, the five major European leagues – the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, the Bundesliga and Ligue 1 – appear to support UEFA’s position that the season must be ended.

This could encourage the bosses of the FBCL to go in a different direction.


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