UEFA are said to have released a warning letter to their 55 member associations after Club Brugge were awarded the Belgian First Division title early.

The strongly worded letter warned member associations that entry into European club competition could be halted if leagues are ended prematurely.

Whilst some reports suggested that this concerned divisions which were declared null and void, the message is for any division which fails to complete a league season in any circumstances.

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One journalist is even claiming that the decision to award Brugge the Belgian championship inspired the fiery email.

 

According to Dale Johnson UEFA’s decision to extend the resumption start date of the current season to August 3rd is at the behest of the European big five.

This is at odds with many smaller leagues – including Belgium – but UEFA are insistent that “a joint management of calendars is strictly required as the conclusion of the current season must be coordinated with the start of the new one.”

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If clubs cannot kickstart their seasons by the now August 3rd deadline, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has previously stated that the season would “probably be lost” [La Repubblica].

But until such a date UEFA is clearly adamant that leagues and clubs should be endeavouring to complete the season.

Whilst UEFA have been firm in the suggestion that FAs must follow their guidelines and deadlines or risk expulsion from Europe, they have suggested they will give powers back to FAs in the event of cancellation.

UEFA want all clubs to make decisions on a similar timescale and sent member associations a strongly worded letter concerning European participation. (Photo Illustration by Mateusz Slodkowski/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Vice-president Michele Uva has suggested that the final decisions on league seasons will go to respective national authorities [Michele Uva] should the season be cancelled.

It’s worth noting that Belgium will not officially crown Club Brugge champions until a general assembly meeting on the 15th of April so as of yet the league campaign remains open.

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