How is that for a headline? While I wish it was just clickbait, there is a real possibility that Paris Saint-Germain could be left out of the UEFA Champions League next season.
On Friday, journalist Chris Williams reported that a source at UEFA indicated to him that if domestic leagues do not complete the 2019-20 season, then they may not be able to nominate teams for the 2020-21 Champions League or UEFA Europa League.
Source at UEFA: leagues who void seasons could find it difficult to nominate UCL and UEL reps, ESPECIALLY if other leagues complete their comps. Non-completion could lead to non-qualification, could be seen that teams did not qualify if voided, brings coefficient issues also.
— Chris Williams (@Chris78Williams) March 27, 2020
Currently, Ligue 1 is suspended due to the coronavirus crisis but officials recently stated that they will try to complete the season by June 30 with July 15 as a backup date.
The financial implications are enormous if the season can’t be completed and teams could face bankruptcy. Unfortunately, those are not the prevailing factors of whether or not the league resumes. The health and safety of the fans and players are.
France, in particular, has been hit hard by the coronavirus. To date, France has seen nearly 30,000 confirmed cases and 1,698 deaths.
Despite PSG’s 12-point lead over Olympique de Marseille at the top of the Ligue 1 table, it may not matter if the remaining fixtures can’t be played out and the UEFA source is correct in saying that leagues who don’t finish won’t be allowed to have teams in next season’s Champions League.
The best way for PSG to avoid potentially being left out of the Champions League this season is to win it this year. After defeating Borussia Dortmund, PSG reached the quarter-finals for the first time since 2016. The date for the final has been pushed back until June 27 and if Les Parisiens can hoist their first title in club history, they’ll automatically qualify for the competition next season.
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