Premier League bosses could decide the season on a points-per-game basis after UEFA gave the go-ahead.
European football’s governing body set out their guidelines for qualification for next season’s Champions League and Europa League which could also include play-offs or mini leagues.
But UEFA are happy to leave it up to leagues to decide who goes through into the Champions League as long as it is done on “sporting merit” and there is not a “public perception of unfairness.”
However, this latest development does open the door for the Premier League to finish the season before all the games are completed – but voiding is firmly off the agenda.
The Premier League stress they are committed to completing the season but also know that will realistically have to be done by mid-August because the Champions League final is due to be played on August 29 and that is now seen as the cut-off point.
It means they are running out of time to get games done and finish the season, although it is understood that the points-per-game system would be the preferred route by clubs.
The points-per-game system would see Liverpool crowned champions with Leicester, Chelsea and Manchester United also getting into the Champions League.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men would get in with Manchester City facing a ban and they would also edge out Sheffield United.
Sheffield United, Wolves and Arsenal would get into the Europa League with Mikel Arteta’s side just edging out their North London rivals Tottenham on the points per game system.
There are growing fears that football is running out of time especially amid Government advice on social distancing and testing but the UEFA guidelines are purely for Champions League and Europa League qualification and would have no say on relegation.
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