UEFA supremo Aleksander Ceferin has warned the SPFL that it will jeopardize the places of its teams at next year’s European competitions if it cancels the Premiership early and declares the title in favor of Celtic.
The main man of the European governing body also ordered the leagues to play until the end, “without supporters if necessary”.
Ceferin sought to set a record after the Belgian Pro League broke ranks – awaiting ratification – to declare his campaign for Club Bruges yesterday.
An official Pro League source said that the free-to-air talks that had taken place between UEFA and the Belgian authorities this morning had been “constructive,” Pro League president Peter Croonen said “that they ‘said five times that it was not a threat’. .
But this tone seems to have changed, judging by an interview granted by Ceferin to the German television channel ZDF.
He said, “This is not the way. Solidarity is not a one-way street.
“You can’t ask for help and then decide for yourself if it’s right for you.
“This is why I say: Belgium and the other leagues which are planning to cancel the season are likely to participate in European competitions next year.
“UEFA requires that competitions, if justified, be played. Without supporters if necessary.
“Football is absolutely not the same without supporters.
“But it is better to put football on television without supporters than no football at all. “
A Pro League spokesperson insisted that another meeting on the subject was scheduled for next week.
Their statement said, “A remote meeting took place for more than an hour this Friday morning between UEFA, the RBFA and the Pro League.
“This constructive meeting allowed Belgian football leaders to explain in detail the health and economic reasons for the recommendation issued yesterday by the board of directors and to challenge any approach which would consist in forcing a league to continue competing in the current state of the health crisis. on pain of not being able to participate in European competitions next season.
“Favorable for solidarity within European football, our representatives called for a variable approach to this concept which makes it possible to take into account both the specificities of each league. A new interview between the same parties will be scheduled in about a week. “
Developments in Belgium are closely watched in Scotland, where the FBCL has scheduled crisis talks for early next week as they reflect on whether to declare the Scottish season over due to the coronavirus crisis.
A series of meetings is scheduled for early next week – as more and more reports indicate that the FBCL could award a ninth successive high-flying title to Celtic, which currently leads its Rangers rivals by 13 points after playing one more match.
SPFL sources are unclear about the possibility of ending the league by the new provisional UEFA deadline in late July – a week or sooner than their English Premier League counterparts are required to do.
Like the Belgian example, any decision to suspend the league would be a decision of the board of directors first, which would then be ratified by the ranks of the clubs.
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