UEFA have moved to clarify reports about how teams from leagues who have seen their seasons cancelled will qualify for next campaign’s Champions League.
President Alexander Ceferin had seemingly suggested that any club from a top-flight division who had their season curtailed may have to go through the qualifying rounds.
That led to suggestions that Celtic could face the likes of Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain if the English Premier League followed Ligue One in cancelling their remaining league fixtures. However, UEFA have published a statement which confirms this is not the case:
“President Ceferin said that clubs from leagues which were abandoned in this season would still need to be ready to play qualification rounds for next season according to the current access list.”
“He did not mention or hint at any change to the UEFA club competitions access list.”
Celtic are expected to be crowned Premiership champions at a meeting next week, with their place in Europe next season set to be assured.
It remains to be seen, though, when or even if Champions League qualifying for the 2020/21 season will take place. This campaign’s competition is set to resume in August following a lengthy delay due to the global health crisis.