UEFA latest is bad for Leicester’s Champions League hopes

UEFA Champions League Football, protective mask (Photo by Visionhaus)
UEFA Champions League Football, protective mask (Photo by Visionhaus) /

If the 2019/20 English Premier League season is not completed, Leicester City will apparently not qualify for the Champions League due to ‘sporting merit’.

There is much talk, and hope of course, of a Premier League return in the not too distant future. Clubs such as Leicester City will possibly play the remainder of the season behind closed doors; the remaining fixtures will prospectively be played in a quick fire, three-games per week fashion.

Either way is acceptable to us at Foxes of Leicester: we just want to see football comeback in any way that’s safe for the public and professional community. It would be such a shame to end the campaign as it stands, despite that meaning that the Foxes qualify for the Champions League. That scenario does, however, seem unfair to clubs currently inside the relegation spots.

Leicester City’s CL hopes

One eventuality to settle the coronavirus affected 2019/20 term, is that next season’s Champions League and Europa League qualification be determined by so-called ‘sporting merit’. That is according to UEFA, anyway. Please click the blue link to read more.

Deciding the current premiership that way seems very unfair, especially when you learn that Leicester City’s actual, current position of third would be harshly downgraded to seventh under the system. Obviously that ranking will cost the King Power side CL football for 2020/21.

However, this is not decided as of now; UEFA meet on Thursday to discuss their protocol. The English FA is yet to comment on the procedure.

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Unfortunately for the Foxes, if this protocol is adopted and the leftover matches not finished, the current ranks from coefficient scores are as follows: first, Manchester City – scoring 6; second, Liverpool – 8; third place Manchester United – 9; fourth is potentially Arsenal – 10. Tottenham Hotspur then Chelsea are fifth and sixth. Leicester and Wolves are next along.