UEFA have reportedly made the decision that next season’s Champions League places will be decided on ‘sporting merit’ if the current season cannot be finished.
The news will come as a huge disadvantage to seventh place Sheffield United, who have enjoyed a great return to the Premier League after a 12 year gap and were looking good to gain a European spot for next season.
The above also means that Arsenal and Tottenham would miss out on European football next season entirely if this season cannot be concluded.
As it stands, the two north London sides sit eighth and ninth respectively in the top-flight table, but they would be flipped around on a points-per-game measure, with Arsenal having played one less game.
Above them, meanwhile, the decision would be excellent news for Sheffield United amid their stunning first season back in the top flight. They are below Wolves in the current Premier League standings, but having played a game less their points-per-game tally is slightly better, meaning they would move up to sixth and therefore secure a place in next season’s Europa League.
Other than that, the Premier League table would remain the same, with Bournemouth, Norwich and Aston Villa still occupying the relegation places.
Thursday morning’s meeting of UEFA’s executive committee was led by president Alexander Ceferin and was held via video conference call.