Coefficient Scores Could hand Arsenal A Backdoor Pass Into Next Season’s Champions League, Arsenal could be handed a surprise backdoor route into next season’s Champions League – despite standing NINTH in the Premier table. Uefa’s video conference with the 55 national associations agreed to push ahead with attempts to restart leagues across Europe by June to play out the season to a finish
But if it proves impossible to complete domestic seasons amid the continuing coronavirus crisis, Euro chiefs have been urged to order associations to use Uefa coefficient scores to decide which teams play in respective competitions next term.
The ludicrous idea would see Arsenal joining Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United in England’s “top four”, with Spurs, Chelsea and Leicester in the Europa League – and Sheffield United and Wolves missing out altogether.
But Spurs would then take City’s place in the Champions League if the reigning Prem champs’ two-year Euro ban is upheld. Meanwhile, Premier League clubs are readying their lawyers to fight Uefa’s latest crazy idea.
European football chiefs will consider using coefficient rankings to decide who plays in the Champions League and Europa League next term — if domestic leagues cannot be finished. And if that becomes a reality, you can bet the writs will start flying. Uefa ordering the FA to ignore the Premier table when Wembley puts forward the clubs to take part in next season’s European competitions seems ridiculous.
Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin is understood not to be in favor, arguing that the “integrity of competitions” must be paramount and urging this season’s performances to be decisive.
Ceferin used the video conference with the 55 national associations to make clear he wants the Big Five leagues, along with the rest, to restart by June and be played to a finish, allowing the two European knock-out competitions to be included at the end of August