UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has warned leagues around Europe that his governing body need advance notice of any intention to call an end to their 2019/20 seasons, The Scottish Sun report.

Belgium took everyone by surprise last week by announcing that they planned to bring a halt to their league season already, with UEFA quickly moving to try and stop that from happening while other options are explored.

Ceferin has started to row back the idea of UEFA punishing any country for taking that decision but has warned that he can’t find out about these kinds of things in the media and that it all must be signed off first.


It sounds as if dialogue needs to be opened with the continental organisation before individual leagues make their final decision.

As quoted by The Scottish Sun, Ceferin said: “I listened to the Belgian federation, who further explained their position and realised that they had done wrong.

“They will present their case to UEFA, tell us all about their concerns and problems, and then we on UEFA Executive Board will decide the case.

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“We have to be the ones who approve the final standings because then we accept clubs based on those standings to the European cups.

“We will not harm anyone, you can be sure of that. But we want to know everything in advance. And I made it clear to everyone that I no longer want to read in the media what any given league has decided.”

With meetings taking place at Hampden this week, there’s an expectation that there’ll be a bit more clarity for Scottish clubs about how to proceed over the next few weeks and months.

General view of Hampden

General view of Hampden / (Photo by Oliver Hardt – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

Right now everyone seems to be maintaining a holding pattern and waiting on how the health crisis unfolds.

Unfortunately though there are financial realities to consider and the Scottish FA and SPFL must find a way forward soon that best represents the wishes of member clubs.

If they have to go through UEFA to do that, then so be it.

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