NEWS
Thursday April 30 2020
Milan out of Europe with points system

If Serie A were to stop early and use the French points per game system, then Milan would drop below Hellas Verona and Parma, with Lecce, SPAL and Brescia relegated.

Ligue 1 was officially called off today and a statement confirmed the final table was calculated using points per game, to even out the situation where some teams have played more fixtures than others.

If the same system were to be applied to Serie A, calcioefinanza.it have calculated that the top four would remain unchanged, so Juventus, Lazio, Inter and Atalanta going into the Champions League.

Roma and Napoli would enter the Europa League, but the seventh place would be transformed.

This is because Verona and Parma have 35 points after 25 games played, whereas Milan are on 36 points with 26 played.

The pair of minnows would therefore leapfrog the Rossoneri, who’d be pushed down to ninth.

There is another problem here, as usually in Italy the head-to-head record is used to differentiate when teams are level on points.

As the season was terminated early, that is not possible in the case of Verona and Parma.

It would most likely instead be calculated on goal difference, in which case Hellas Verona would come out on top with +3 compared to +1.

Similarly, Lecce have a worse goal difference than Genoa, so they’d be in the relegation zone along with SPAL and Brescia.

However, the likelihood of this happening in Italy is extremely slim, as clubs have already threatened legal action.

Also, the French league had this eventuality written into the rulebook already, whereas Serie A has nothing to use as guidance.

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