Arsenal and Man Utd could land Champions League spots if season scrapped

Arsenal and Manchester United could be handed controversial returns to the Champions League – if the current coronavirus-hit season fails to get back underway.

UEFA chiefs met with the 55 national associations – which included the English FA – via video conference on Tuesday and it was agreed to attempt to press ahead with restarting leagues by June.

But European bosses have also been forced to draw up contingency plans if domestic seasons are unable to resume, due to the global pandemic which has wreaked havoc on schedules all over the globe.

And The Sun has claimed that, if this season is axed, UEFA have told the associations to use their coefficient scores to decide which teams will play in the European competitions next year.

The coefficient tables are compiled on European performances over a rolling five-year period, with points for wins and draws, plus bonus points for group and knockout stage qualification.

The controversial idea would see Arsenal, who are currently ninth and eight points off fourth-placed Chelsea, take one of English football's four Champions League spots.

Manchester United, three points behind the Blues in fifth, would also also join Manchester City and Liverpool in Europe's elite competition.

Should this crazy idea materialise, Chelsea and Leicester – who are currently in the top four – as well as Tottenham, would be forced to settle for Europa League football while Sheffield United and Wolves would miss out altogether.

Tottenham, however, would be bumped up to Champions League football if Manchester City's two-year European ban is upheld.

It is also claimed that Premier League clubs are already preparing their lawyers to fight this decision if UEFA do indeed press ahead with their plans.

It remains to be seen whether this idea will come to fruition, but it was one of the potential plans mentioned in Tuesday's crisis meeting.


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