Champions, Euro qualifiers and relegation must be decided


What happens in football over the next few months is shrouded in uncertainty, but we know enough to be able to narrow the field of possibilities down.  Uefa meet on Tuesday to discuss the crisis when they will almost certainly cancel the Euros, ending all online betting on Euro 2020, and confirm that no Champions League or Europa League games will take place between now and the summer.

Sorry to mention the dirty little subject, but the worldwide game is facing financial turmoil like never before (more on this later), having lost club and national Uefa games between now and the summer, all parties need to ensure that income-generating European competitions take place next season.  A new timetable will emerge, but basic necessity requires Uefa to come out of Tuesday’s meeting with a plan for next season’s Champions League and Europa League, at the very least.

In order to hold these competitions next season, individual countries need champions and qualifiers from other positions.  Whatever else remains unknown, we can be sure that next season’s Champions and Europa Leagues will be scheduled; champions will be determined by June or July at the latest.

Another fact we can be very sure of, it that epidemiology projections indicate no football will take place until July at the earliest.  This temporary postponement will become permanent before it expires.  National leagues are finished across Europe.

In Scotland and England, clear champions are in place.  If you are a Lazio fan, this looked like being your season, but the league is finished, Juventus’ tiny advantage will make them champions.

Hearts have blown their season but I do not think there is a single Hearts fan who would honestly object to relegation at this point.  When you set aside all the transient bluster, football fans know they need to take their medicine when they are not good enough.  We saw the same attitude in many Rangers fans eight years ago, who wanted Newco to start at the bottom of the pile, despite the financial advantages of getting a hand up.

Dundee United will be promoted.  A play-off between Hamilton Accies, Inverness, Dundee and Ayr United can be held immediately prior to the new season, to determine who plays in the top flight.  The Scottish Cup has three games left, this too can take place prior to kick-off next season.

Less than a week ago, I advocated playing the remainder of the season behind closed doors, but the health tsunami facing society makes that impossible.  Football will need all of the income it can get when normality resumes.  The critical path from that financial necessity determines that all countries need to know their champions and qualifiers for European competitions – and that means we have no choice but to draw the line now.

For years I have played over celebrating nine-in-a-row.  There will be no celebrations this year, in this respect, we have been robbed, but we all have far more important concerns right now.

We will cover the hugely significant financial implications of the crisis in the coming days.

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  1. Need the Humour.



    Black or White.



    Stress is really Bad.



    Need the Legends Back.



    The Halcyon days….. Roberto and Philvis jibber jabbering.



    Get Back on it Rude Bhoys.

  2. If we had to finish this season I think we would have to decide to scrap a lot of football



    – The Euros


    – the EL & CL would have to go for this season and next


    – Domestic cup competitions.



    We will lose a lot of our competitive advantage over “thems”

  3. TIMALOY29



    ‘We will lose a lot of our competitive advantage over “thems”’



    I don’t think so, for all the glee in the sevoc sites imagining that the league will be null and void what they should be worried about is an insolvency event. If anything, this situation will make us even stronger in relation to every other club in the league (and especially sevco).




    Agree, although Business Interruption Insurance may alleviate some financial pain.



    However, one SPL club does not have this type of insurance in place, allegedly.



    Wonder who?

  5. Ha! Yeah, what’s struck me about the liquidation of rangers and the birth of sevco is at every single point they have chosen the wrong option – it’s almost as if they are run by stupid bigots without a brain cell between them

  6. Every league in the world which has gone into shutdown are undertaking crisis meetings to ensure, above all, fairness, justice and integrity are retained.


    In Scotland, only one decision…. how can we stop 9 in a row?



    The best wee corrupt country in the world.

  7. weebobbycollins on

    A source told PA: “We don’t see how titles, promotion or relegation can be agreed on any basis of sporting fairness.”




    They added: “Perhaps prize money can be split on the basis of the current table.”


    Such hun-like thinking!

  8. Beeb journalist Gavin Wallace says his source at the SFA has confirmed


    “ there is apparently one club in the premiership that does not hold the insurance to pay out over the current situation.”



    Wouldn’t it be funny if the club was ……

  9. The problem with Sevco thinking (OK, thinking is pushing it a bit but bear with me)…


    is that they are fully aware that they are about to die and will quite happily bring the whole edifice down upon themselves providing it brings Celtic down too.



    When is the rest of Scottish football going to wake up to the stunted thinking of the Sevconian?

  10. lets all do the huddle on

    i partially agree with the Hun on the league situation



    i think it should be played to the finish, so 38 games need to get played



    and if that takes months to finish then im cool with that



    where i dont agree with the Hun is about playing behind closed doors



    if each team only has 8 games to go, and it becomes convenient in june for example for each to play 2 games a week behind closed doors then charge on



    everyone in the same boat

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