UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin has rubbished any idea that league leaders will just be given titles anytime soon.
AS reported earlier this week that UEFA’s preferred stance on domestic issues was to crown current leaders champions. Therefore, it was a bit of an eyebrow-raiser when it was revealed that they were giving domestic competitions until June 30th to close up their campaigns.
If the Scottish Premiership was to end now then Celtic would be crowned champions if decisions were made on winners. The Hoops are 13 points clear at the top of the Premiership and are running away with the title as it stands.
However, speaking in the Daily Mail, Ceferin said any idea that UEFA prefer that to happen is “fake news”, as he expressed total commitment to ending the domestic campaigns:
“I’ve seen and heard some again fake news that UEFA will advise leagues to finish the championships now and decide that the winners are the ones who are number one now.
“I can say that it’s not true. Our goal is to finish the leagues and we didn’t recommend anything like that to any association or league.”
UEFA always going to be against a rival stance
For some Celtic supporters that could read as a concern. The fact that UEFA are calling it “fake news” makes it look as though it hasn’t even been discussed in the halls of their HQ.
However, you also have to acknowledge that UEFA clearly just haven’t come up with an alternative solution yet. That’s not to say that, if we can’t end the leagues before June 30th, it’s not a course of action they would take.
With UEFA having already set a deadline, it’s right of them not to look any further than that. They’ll hope that they can get this situation sorted before having to make decisions on who wins titles.
Of course, whether Scottish football actually manages to complete its campaign is still in doubt. The Daily Record reported yesterday that the Scottish football authorities were left staggered by the completion date set.
That doesn’t read well when it comes to finishing off what is now effectively an eight-game campaign for the Hoops.
Even almost a week on from the SPFL/SFA’s decision to close the game down in Scotland, nothing seems anywhere near certain at the moment.