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Uefa tells European leagues to determine placings ‘on sporting merit’

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  • No penalties for failure to finish seasons normally
  • Scotland now expected to draw a line under 2019-20

Uefa has confirmed national leagues will not be banned from European competition if they cancel their seasons and must decide for themselves how to determine final placings “based on sporting merit”.

The emergency rules were announced after a meeting of Uefa’s executive committee and mark a stark shift in approach from European football’s governing body. The top line remains a “strong recommendation” to finish the season, and even suggests a preference for adopting a different format, such as a play-off, before cancelling. But as the coronavirus crisis deepens there is an acceptance that national competitions with Scotland and the Netherlands foremost among them are facing extraordinary circumstances.

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