Friday April 3 2020
UEFA: 'No CL if you stop now'

UEFA has warned Belgian clubs that they face expulsion from its 2020-21 club competitions if their domestic campaign ends early.

The Jupiler Pro League has thrown its support behind stopping the 19-20 campaign now, with Club Brugge – 15 points clear at the top, one game away from the championship playoffs – due to be crowned title-winners.

However, UEFA chief Aleksander Ceferin made it clear resuming the season once the coronavirus pandemic had cleared up was the priority as he issued a threat to leagues that had other ideas.

“I don’t think it’s the right decision,” Ceferin told ZDF.

“Solidarity isn’t a one-way street. You can't ask for help and then decide for yourself what suits you best.

“The Belgians and federations who might consider doing the same are putting their participation in next year’s European competitions at risk.

“UEFA’s desire is to end all league seasons, even if this may mean going very far with the timeframes and playing all the remaining games behind closed doors.

“Football isn’t the same without fans, but it’s certainly better to play and watch it on TV, rather than not having it back at all.

“This is what the people want. We’re probably looking at July or August as we won’t be able to play in September or October.”

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