There was another UEFA announcement today regarding a second video call between European football’s governing body and its member associations.
UEFA this afternoon announced their decision to call a meeting for this Wednesday (April 1st). They’ve stated on their official website that the meeting will revolve around discussing newly identified options regarding the potential of rescheduling matches.
Two weeks ago, UEFA gave all leagues until the end of June to wrap up their domestic campaigns (Daily Record). However, with the current health pandemic having progressed rapidly since then, some fresh thoughts have clearly gone into things.
It could also be a huge boost for Celtic. Earlier on this afternoon, the BBC reported that Scottish football’s governing bodies were keen for minimal disruption to next season. It was said that they were taking legal advice on how best to end the campaign.
But with UEFA looking to get involved again, this could persuade the SFA/SPFL otherwise. The Times reported that UEFA could look to end the season in August in order to save billions in TV revenue.
UEFA opinion could change plenty
UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin has already stated that he’s open to leagues finishing in August as a potential option (La Repubblica). However, at the same time, UEFA’s Vice-President, Michele Uva, said the end result will ultimately be up to the league associations (Sportmediaset).
With a bit of luck, the UEFA groups who have been looking into potential options have come up with the idea of playing in August. If this is an idea proposed by UEFA, you can’t see the Scottish football authorities going against it. Not when we’re doing our best to stay in their good books.
And that would clearly suit Celtic too. In a statement two weeks ago, the Hoops admitted their preference would be to end the current league season when possible. That, regardless of when it is, still seems the fairest solution.
However, it sounds as though UEFA may be keen to retract their 30th June deadline date. It’s looking more and more laughable to complete the season by that point. With the UK currently in lockdown, the situation here isn’t great.
Regardless, hopefully we hear more positive news from this call than we did from UEFA’s last video conference. If they were to pull back their own deadline on when associations have to let them know who’s competing in European competition next season – that would be a start.
But, first and foremost, we could do with some hope regarding being able to play out this current campaign further down the line.