‘The impact would be terrible’ UEFA chief still insists it is too early to end seasons

THE SPFL are currently for UEFA to hold their conference call with members, before making any announcement to declare Celtic champions – but UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has insisted that it is still far too early to call an end to the season.

Last week the SPFL did declare the lower leagues, which resulted in Dundee United, Raith Rovers and Cove Rangers champion of their leagues.

Aleksander Ceferin said: “The priority is the health of fans, players and managers.

“I am an optimist by nature and I believe there are options that can allow us to start championships and complete them.

“We may have to play without spectators, but the most important thing I think is playing games.

“In such hard times, it would bring people happiness and a certain sense of normality, even if the matches will only be on TV.

“It is early to say that we cannot complete the season. The impact would be terrible for clubs and leagues.

“We can finish, but we must respect the decisions of the authorities and wait for permission to return to play.

“It depends on when it will recover, if we can do it soon enough, leagues and cups could be played in parallel.

“There is no deadline for the Champions League and Europa League and there are no deadlines for the 2019/20 season.

“It all depends on when we start playing again.

“And I’d also say the national teams could start playing in September.

“As for individual leagues and their decisions, football is interconnected, we have seen how important it is for UEFA and leagues to cooperate. The Executive Committee will review the cases.

“If the security measures are respected and the authorities give a green light, training can resume. For matches, you will need further consent.

“The authorities will only allow football to start again if these measures are taken efficiently and without harming the population.

“At first, it will be behind closed doors, but it is better to play without spectators than not to do it at all.

“Football would bring back the emotions and joy they desperately need in the homes of fans.

“The measures will be for a limited period, over time we will return to normal.

“We will still see full stadiums, I am sure of it.”