UEFA have decided no seasons should be voided with Premier League clubs hoping to play in Europe as the top flight try to find a way of finishing the campaign. A statement from UEFA said the ‘ideal situation’ would be for all games to be played by the end of August.
The governing body are also open to the idea of some sort of play-offs to decide European qualification.
UEFA are happy to let leagues decide who plays in Europe next season for now though, as long as it is done on ‘sporting merit’ and there is no ‘public perception of unfairness’.
The Premier League are committed to finishing the current season when it is safe to do so.
All football in the UK is suspended at present due to the global coronavirus pandemic.
With the Government advice on social distancing even if the game did return it would likely be behind closed doors.
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And the Mirror claim the Premier League would prefer to use a points-per-game system to decide the final standings if the season is unable to be finished.
Fourteen of the 20 teams would need to vote in favour of this happening for the decision to be approved.
It is the preferred method because not every team has played the same amount of games.
Sixteen teams have nine games remaining, while Arsenal, Manchester City, Sheffield United and Aston Villa have 10 left to play.
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Final Premier League table if decided on points-per-game
1. Liverpool – 2.83
2. Manchester City – 2.04
3. Leicester City – 1.83
4. Chelsea – 1.66
5. Manchester United – 1.55
6. Sheffield United – 1.54
7. Wolves – 1.48
8. Arsenal – 1.43
9. Tottenham – 1.41
10. Burnley – 1.34
11. Crystal Palace – 1.34
12. Everton – 1.28
13. Newcastle United – 1.21
14. Southampton – 1.17
15. Brighton – 1.00
16. West Ham United – 0.93
17. Watford – 0.93
18. Bournemouth – 0.93
19. Aston Villa – 0.89
20. Norwich City – 0.72
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It would mean Liverpool are confirmed as Premier League champions with Manchester City and Leicester second and third respectively.
Chelsea would finish fourth and occupy the final Champions League qualification place.
Manchester United would miss out and go into the Europa League with Sheffield United.
Wolves could also join them though if City have their Champions League ban upheld and that would also promote United to Europe’s elite competition.
At the other end of the table Norwich, Aston Villa and Bournemouth would all be relegated to the Championship.
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The Premier League could face a real problem at the bottom though with West Ham, Watford and Bournemouth all on 0.93 points-per-game.
Villa could put up a legal fight because they have played a game less.
The Cherries would be unhappy with the decision to relegate them as they believe they have an easier run-in their rivals.
The Premier League faces some big decisions over the next few weeks.
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