UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has suggested that the current league season may not be completed if leagues don’t restart by the end of June.
Saying that “the season would probably be lost” if the coronavirus shutdown continues into the next three months, it’s the first suggestion from UEFA that this year’s campaign could be cancelled.
Also suggesting that there is a specific task force working at the European governing body to find solutions to the footballing problem, Ceferin revealed it all depends on how this pandemic evolves.
“Nobody knows when the pandemic will end,” said Ceferin [La Repubblica].
“We have a plan A, B or C: to restart in mid-May, in June or at the end of June.
“If then we wouldn’t be able to do any of these, the season would probably be lost.
“There is also the possibility of ending this season at the start of the next, which would then be postponed, starting a little later.
“We’re in touch with the leagues, the clubs, there is a working group and we’ll see what solution is best for all. We have to wait, like any other sector.”
This suggests that there is three months for Scottish football to restart if there is going to be any chance of the campaign being completed.
The threat of the league season being cancelled completely is becoming an ever-increasing possibility.
Motherwell chairman Alan Burrows claimed that completing the league season is looking more “unrealistic” by the day [BBC Scotland].
Any move to complete the league season is made more difficult by PFA Scotland warning that players cannot be forced to play matches behind closed doors.
Should the season be cancelled, it opens up a can of worms over what happens with promotions, relegations and league championships.