In a letter addressed to clubs on Thursday, UEFA has recommended to leagues to conclude this season and threatened to exclude teams from European competitions next season, if they seek to annul this campaign.
The letter, signed by the heads of UEFA, the association of European clubs (ECA) and the various divisions, underlines that the fate of the competitions should be “decided on the field.”
“We are convinced that football will be able to restart in the coming months – under conditions which will be dictated by the public authorities – and believe that any decision to abandon national competitions is, at this stage, premature and not justified,” wrote UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin, ECA President Andrea Agnelli, and European Leagues president Lars-Christer Olsson.
On Tuesday, UEFA held a video conference with 55 members, during which the decision was taken to cancel national team matches scheduled for June before handing on olive branch to clubs, telling them that league seasons could finish in July or August, as well as the Champions’ League and Europa League.
“Work is now focused on scenarios covering the months of July and August, including the possibility that UEFA competitions will resume after the completion of the national leagues. Joint management of the calendars is strictly necessary since the conclusion of the current season must be coordinated with the start of the new one, which could be partly affected by the overload,” the letter continued.
UEFA also took the opportunity to threaten leagues who do not conform to this course of action, affirming that clubs from leagues that seek to annul this season will be banned from Champions’ League and Europa League activity. Club Brugge, who are currently leading the Belgian league, where there is strong support to end the season at this point, despite it not being completed, could thus be banned from the UCL next season.
“Since participation in the UEFA club competitions is determined by the sporting result obtained after a full national competition, an early termination would cast doubts on the fulfilment of this condition,” the letter concluded.