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UEFA to only consider sporting merit when determining Champions League teams

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UEFA | Coronavirus Insisted on finishing domestic league seasons

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UEFA‘s Executive Committee, which met on Thursday for three hours via videocall, have insisted that their 55 federations must do everything possible to finish the domestic league seasons, with the deadline being the first week of August.

This is so that the 2019/20 campaign does not encroach too much on the next season.

There are currently two proposals on the table regarding the scheduling: the first talks about playing domestic and European competitions at the same time; and the second would see the Champions League and Europa League take place in August, meaning that the last week of that month would be for both finals.

A lot of debate has emerged about which teams will qualify for next season’s UEFA competitions if the season is not resumed, but the organisation themselves have stated that sporting merit will always prevail.

From UEFA‘s perspective, they have never contemplated inviting teams that, due to the sporting circumstances brought about by the current coronavirus crisis, are outside the European positions.

The ideal scenario, if the situation regarding the pandemic allows it to happen, is for the currently suspended competitions to be terminated by allowing clubs to qualify for UEFA club competitions based on sporting merit in their original format.

If this option is not possible, in particular due to problems with timing, it would be preferable that the suspended domestic leagues restart in a different format, so as to make it easier for clubs to qualify for the UEFA club competitions on sporting grounds.

If a domestic league is terminated prematurely for legitimate reasons under the above conditions, UEFA require that the federation concerned selects the teams for the UEFA club competitions in 2020/21 on the basis of sporting merit in the domestic competitions in 2019/20, based on transparent and non-discriminatory merits.

UEFA reserve the right to refuse or evaluate the admission of any team proposed by a federation.

The explanation for the postponement of the decision is that UEFA want to check whether football has been able to get underway or not.

In addition to competition-related issues, UEFA have decided to release payments to clubs in connection with Euro 2020.

A total of 50 million euros will go to clubs that have loaned players to the 39 federations that are not participating in the pending European qualifier playoffs.

A further 17.7 million euros will go to clubs that have loaned players to the 16 federations that will be participating in the Euro 2020 qualifier playoffs.

Thus, the 2.7 million euro balance sheet related to players on loan for the playoffs will be distributed after the end of these playoff matches in the autumn.

For Euro 2020, a minimum of 200 million euros will be available for distribution to clubs, as agreed in the memorandum of understanding between UEFA and the European Club Association (ECA), which was renewed in 2019.

Based on the distribution mechanism of these payments approved by UEFA‘s Executive Committee, 70 million euros will be distributed among those clubs that released players for Euro 2020 and the Nations League qualification, and the remaining 130 million euros will be distributed among those clubs that will release players for Euro 2020.

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