Report: Belgium to press ahead with title precedent after UEFA talks

By John McGinley

April 9, 2020

The Belgium top-flight will press ahead with plans to end their league season and name Club Brugge champions after discussions with UEFA, STV report.

The Belgian Pro League announced last week it was their intention to do so, though pushback from UEFA resulted in a softening of their stance.

UEFA would later make it clear discussions would need to occur between all top-flight leagues and the governing body due to the impact it could have on European qualification for next season’s Champions League and Europa League.

However, it appears the league group and UEFA have had constructive discussions this week.

As quoted by STV, a Belgian FA spokesperson said: “Talks took place with our president Mehei Bayat and UEFA President Alexsander Ceferin – they are working on a solution. It was a good meeting. The talks were positive.

“As far as I know, we will follow through with our plan to cancel the league. This must be ratified by the General Assembly on April 25. Let’s just say, in 90% of cases what goes to the General Assembly is a formality [in being ratified].”

Belgium are setting a precedent here with their plans, as the SPFL clubs prepare to vote on proposals in Scotland.

The SPFL board have recommended proposals that would result in the Premiership ending, with positions based on an average points total basis, should football not be able to return this summer.

SPFL Chief Executive Neil Doncaster / (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)

The immediate knock-on effect for Celtic should that pass would be that Neil Lennon’s Bhoys have a guarantee of being named nine-in-a-row champions in the event of the season ending early.

With a ‘null and void’ option apparently not on the table at all, it’s increasingly looking likely that the Hoops will not be done out of a title however things play out.