UEFA give Leagues May 25 ultimatum to provide restart proposals

The Premier League and other leagues in Europe have been given a deadline of May 25 by UEFA to come up with plans for the restart of their various seasons.

The guidelines were issued to all 55 associations after an agreement was reached last week that qualification for next season’s Europa League and Champions League must be based on sporting merit this season.

The guidance was issued by UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin and UEFA general secretary Theodore Theodoridis, and it states that:

“National associations and/or leagues should be in a position to communicate to UEFA by 25 May 2020 the planned restart of their domestic competitions including the date of restart and the relevant competition format.”

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UEFA also demanded that associations like the Dutch FA should: “explain the special circumstances justifying such premature termination” by the same deadline, as well as its clubs that will compete in Europe’s elite competitions next season.

Meanwhile, the governing body’s Executive Committee will hold its next conference on May 27, where a decision on whether the season’s European competitions can be rounded up in August.

However, they will give special consideration to any league that won’t be able to meet up with the demand by May 25, and this is because of ongoing government uncertainty due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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A working group for UEFA has recommended that domestic seasons should be completed, although administrators prefer that the suspended domestic competitions should restart with another format instead of canceling them.

An agreement was reached that associations could only terminate their season if governments prevent sporting events from holding. The 12 host cities for next summer’s delayed European Championship have also been asked to confirm their participation by April 30.

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