Uefa need champions to be nominated


You and I have known for a while that the chances of football resuming to allow domestic and European seasons to conclude by the end of June are zero.  Uefa almost certainly knew this too before their videoconference meeting with the national associations last week, but they agreed to setup a working party to explore all options before issuing a decision.

As the virus spread, what was unthinkable only a few days earlier becomes the accepted norm.  By the time the working party reports, almost everyone in Europe will know football across the continent will be in lockdown until at least August.  Before then, transcontinental travel will be irresponsibly dangerous, so there is no chance of staging Champions and Europa Leagues finals in June.  These outstanding games, like the three remaining Scottish Cup ties, can take place anytime, even after the start of next season.

As we discussed two weeks ago, and today’s Daily Record reported “a source close to the discussions”, leagues and associations across Europe have asked Uefa to issue clear guidelines on what to do with their domestic competitions.  Whatever happens, many will be unhappy across Europe, but if Uefa guidelines are followed, outcomes will be transparent and free of interference.

What football needs now is money and the biggest pot available to much of the continent is from Uefa competition.  Heaven and earth will be moved to ensure the Champions and Europa Leagues will take place next season, ensuring TV and sponsorship income flows as usual.

For this to happen, Uefa will need champions to be nominated.  It is not how we wanted nine-in-a-row, but we all have more to worry about that football glory right now.

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  1. Kickin – God bless and may you father’s soul rest in peace



    Canamalar – same to you 🙏



    Hail Hail



    D. :)

  2. Its reported that Prince Charles and his Mistress are in self isolation, not only have they jumped the Queue for testing the Corona Virus…but I’ll bet that they dont have any problem ordering food Online from Tesco’s…or any other store ?




  3. Can anyone take an educated guess as to when UEFA decide on whether Celtic are crowned Champions…is there a “Time Scale” that UEFA may have to work to ?



  4. JOBO BALDIE on 25TH MARCH 2020 2:09 PM



    My thoughts exactly. Zero point in entertaining debate on this until we have a date. For all we know it could be 15th March next year and we just carry on as we were. In the meantime, don’t engage the huns, just laugh at their pathetic desperation to use a global pandemic to try and get the season cancelled, all because they’re a joke on and off the park.

  5. Everyone told not to move around except the royals ?



    FFS – Great example



    & him banging on about global warming. I assume he didnt walk to his summer retreat !

  6. Neustadt-Braw on




    sincere condolences to you and yours on the loss of your dad.




  7. Trying to forecast a return to anything like normality for international sport is next to impossible.


    Each and every country is on it’s own path, weeks apart in a lot of cases.


    Like in China, countries will not go from lockdown to free movement overnight. There will be baby steps forward and also steps backwards to combat flare ups.


    In practice, the easing of restrictions will be at a local level but there will still be bans on, for example, city to city movement, especially where a city has been a hotspot of the virus e.g. Madrid here in Spain.


    There will be a real reluctance to ease international travel for fear of allowing sick people to enter the country and start a second wave of infections.


    For those reasons, I can’t see football before August and wouldn’t be surprised if it is shut down again weeks later due to further outbreaks of the disease.

  8. Jobo:



    “So, my immediate wish is that the current season is eventually played out and properly finished. In the long run that’s the ONLY way to limit the conspiracy theorists”




  9. Pog


    Is your Table just in chronological order? Surely Farage deserves at least a podium?


    Even for him. that comment was astonishing.

  10. Canalamar and Kickin prayers said for your Fathers, may they rest in peace. Thoughts and prayers with you and your families at this sad time for all of you..



    Been a bad week for many of us having suffered the loss of two people who were in school with me. On Tuesday I had to extend my condolences to people who were in the year ahead of me and who had just lost their son as a result of the virus. It is very difficult to deal with when you cannot do what you do in normal times, viz. put your arms round them.

  11. My view is the same as most,


    the first football that should be played when allowed


    is the completion of the current season.


    Only then can we discuss what happens to next season.

  12. With the UK in semi lockdown, anyone want to predict the likelihood of troops being deployed on the streets to help the police? For me, in a couple of weeks time, the semi lockdown will have been deemed inadequate. The next step will be a strict lockdown like we have here in Spain or Italy.


    By that time, military resources will have been put in place to allow the army to support the police enforce it. Why? Because here on the continent the police are armed therefore not as likely to be ignored as in the UK.


    There will be places in London, Manchester, Birmingham etc. where the police simply will not be able to enforce a lockdown without risking serious trouble.

  13. Greenwells Glory on

    Canamalar, Kickinthenakas, Salve salve ;-



    So sorry to hear of the loss of your respective fathers, I hope you and your familys somehow manage to receive some consolation. For what it is worth I will offer up prayers for your fathers, in these dark times unfortunately many people will be offering up prayers for many family members.


    God Bless and keep you and all the CQN family





    contra spem spero

  14. Afternoon all,



    Well what a twelve days of isolation so far.



    Fortunately I haven’t been bored as most of my neighbours don’t close their blinds and I have an excellent pair of heat seeking binoculars.



    Most of all my days have been put to really good use.



    So keep your eyes open for ……COMING SOON………my New-Age Pandemic Recipe website…..NOT TO BE MISSED……..



    35 Ways To Cook A Carrot.




    Hail Hail




  15. Kickinthenakas


    Condolences on the loss of your father P.


    May he Rest in Peace. I will play a good rebel tune in his memory.



  16. people going out as families to shops.. crazy… Having house parties..


    They should get locked in their homes all together and not let out.. I have to go out now to shops/chemist but will not visit friends whose houses are nearby. I can do without seeing them for a month or two. As for season ,, I reckon all European countries told finish season when possible given till end of year. a shortened 20/21 season and start again next summer.

  17. lets all do the huddle on

    for so many of the police in the country, they have waited all their careers for this



    this is as close to police state levels as i hope our country ever has to be



    and the police now have as unlimited powers as i hope they are ever allowed to have



    thankfully we have a responsible police force who wont seek to abuse them just because they can



    aye, right

  18. whitedoghunch on



    1. Beurre noisette


    with a sprinkle of sugar in a pan


    finish in the oven for 5 mins


    dribble of sea salt

  19. Kickinthenakas – so sorry to hear your news, thoughts and prayers with you and yours

  20. WDH….My pal Tolbooth Tony just sent me one with honey!!!



    Anyway….today’s teaser…..



    So there you all are, sitting in yer local pub enjoying a pint and an hour of Covid19 free conversation.



    A couple of yards away at the bar, perched on a stool, staring at his/her first pint in a long time is a florid faced customer of about 75 – 80 years of age.



    Suddenly he/she reaches for his/her breast pocket/handbag, swipes out a hanky and coughs loudly into it.






    Name that year!



    Hail Hail




  21. Canamalar, Kickinthenakas, condolences from over here in the great white north, I lost my da 26+ year ago but was fortunate enough tae fly hame for his funeral with my brother who is now no longer with us.



    There is the difference as it allowed us closure, no sure if either of you can, however RIP tae both yer da’s.

  22. Pomathon and Hot Smoked



    The Farage quote is entirely in-keeping with the Promote Stupidity outlook of Trump, Johnson, Cummings and Farage.



    Trump’s rhetoric about draining swamps and labelling the experts as the “elite”



    Michael Gove’s Brexit quote on “People have had enough of experts”



    Cummings desire to have more “wierdos” in government- he ended up with more sickos than wierdos




    All of this feeds into the Victim-seeking mentality that feels one view is as good as another and my view on the Coronavirus is just as valuable as the Chief Medical Officer’s.



    In a TrumpWorld/Fox News Universe the advice on the Coronavirus would be delivered by our next expert, Sandra aff ae Facebook.




    Surprise, Surprise, once it gets to a serious situation like we face with the virus, expert opinion is back on hte agenda. All the sources that were once rubbished are being begged to guide the hand of an eejit Prime Minister who went around shaking hands long after he was told to stop and a President who thinks it will all blow over and there will be masses and full churches on Easter Sunday to thank him for defeating the bug single handedly.



    They will have real difficulty in pulling this trick again.



    One man’s opinion is palpably NOT as good as another man’s. Those that research, subject themselves to peer review, and who re-test and revisit their findings to double check, have a much stronger record of advancing the fights against disease, ignorance and poverty, than do those quack doctors and salesmen who just want their point of view to triumph because it is theirs and they said it was true.

  23. whitedoghunch on



    Honey is the only food that does not spoil


    And August 1973 playboy cover

  24. WDH



    I’ve actually licked honey off that playboy cover!!



    Hail Hail




  25. The Battered Bunnet on

    Matt – boil them in marmalade



    WDH – I never knew you were a David Halberstam fan

  26. SFTB



    ” All of this feeds into the Victim-seeking mentality that feels one view is as good as another and my view on the Coronavirus is just as valuable as the Chief Medical Officer’s.|



    ” One man’s opinion is palpably NOT as good as another man’s. ”



    Not a million miles away from my disagreement with the oft expressed view that , ` everyone is entitled to an opinion` :-))






    “I don’t think that was honey. 😉”




  27. whitedoghunch on



    Think I may be now,


    My Journalistic love is the Hitch


    America intrgues me



    Thoughts with you both and your families at this time

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