The SPFL will not follow the Belgian First Division in cancelling the league season and awarding the title, according to The Times.

The national newspaper was commenting as Celtic minded voices in Scotland began discussing the possibility of using Club Brugge’s title award as a precedent for the Scottish game.

However, according to the reputable news outlet, there are no plans whatsoever to do the same in Scotland.

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The Times report suggests Hampden chiefs will follow the UEFA guidelines. (Photo by Oliver Hardt – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

“Belgium’s move to declare that their league season is over will have no bearing on when or how the Scottish Professional Football League comes to a conclusion on ending the 2019-20 campaign,” reads the Times report.

“Uefa, the European governing body, is still holding a firm line that member associations should do everything possible to complete their seasons, even if it means playing into August.”

The report also backs up various comments from journalists across football which claim UEFA are keen to voice their displeasure to the Belgian football authorities over the decision [Johnson].

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UEFA are said to have sent a strongly worded letter to their 55 member associations warning them that early cancellation of a league campaign – no matter the outcome – could result in member associations being banned from European competition for the season [Guardian].

This would have a dramatic impact on the financial security of several clubs and is being viewed as a warning shot to any footballing authority considering cancelling their season.

UEFA is also said to have extended the deadline for leagues to restart from June 30th to August 3rd [KNVB].

UEFA are reportedly unhappy with the Belgian authorities. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images)

The suggestion is that all member associations should be endeavouring to restart campaigns before the deadline and any decision prior to this happening will be punished by UEFA.

Despite demanding member associations play leagues to completion this season, should that not be possible by the August deadline the suggestion is that the decision will then be handed to individual FAs.

 

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