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UEFA have announced that if leagues do not finish due to the coronavirus crisis, qualification for the Champions League and Europa League will be decided on ‘sporting merit’.
If it is not possible to complete the current season then this would likely mean a table decided on points-per-game ratio, according to The Times. That would secure a Champions League spot next season for the Premier League’s current top four of Liverpool, Manchester City, Leicester and Chelsea.
Manchester United will qualify for Europa League while Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur will miss out on European football.
A statement from Europe’s governing body read: “The ideal scenario, should the pandemic situation permit it, is to have the currently suspended domestic competitions completed enabling football clubs to qualify for UEFA club competitions on sporting merit in their original format.
“Should this outcome not be possible, in particular due to calendar issues, it would be preferable that suspended domestic competitions would restart with a different format in a manner which would still facilitate clubs to qualify on sporting merit.”