UEFA issues major update on West Brom and Leeds United promotion campaign


UEFA “strongly recommended” that the continent’s largest divisions be completed in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

All elite football across Europe was suspended last month, fearing that some matches might not be filled.

In the UK, all football below the three national leagues has been canceled, all results have been deleted and promotions no longer take place.

It would be a precedent that would devastate West Brom and Leeds United, both expected to win a return to the Premier League, when the season resumes.

But after a video meeting with all associations, UEFA has confirmed that even if “special cases” will be examined to end the seasons earlier, the preference is to end the campaigns.

The press release reads: “UEFA today met with its 55 member associations by videoconference and presented an update on the options being considered by the two working groups created in mid-March.

“Various calendar options were presented, covering both national team matches and club competitions.

“The funding of national associations through the UEFA HatTrick program has also been discussed with Uefa, reiterating its commitment to make payments to member associations as planned.

“It has been strongly recommended to complete national first division and cup competitions, but some special cases will be heard once the guidelines for participation in European competitions – in the event of the cancellation of a league – have been developed.

“Any decision on the above matters will be announced on Thursday after the UEFA Executive Committee. “

Slaven Bilic, manager of West Bromwich Albion

Although no resumption date has yet been proposed, it is now almost certain that matches will be played in the absence of supporters. Albion boss Slaven Bilic has expressed his reluctance to play behind closed doors, but prefers this option to the “disaster” of the season’s cancellation.

” It’s different. It’s not pleasant, it’s better to play with the crowd because they are essential. It’s a totally different feeling, “he said.

“For me, I think it’s better to do it this way than not to play at all – it would be a disaster. I’m not talking about a disaster for who finishes first or second – I’m talking about some clubs that will have big problems that would be impossible to recover. ”


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