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Aleksander Ceferin hits out at 'fake news' that would guarantee Liverpool title


UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin hit out at the ‘fake news’ that would have seen Liverpool handed the Premier League title amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Premier League and other top-flight European football leagues have been told by UEFA that they want the current season finished by June 30.

The Premier League has suspended all games until April 4 as coronavirus sweeps through the UK, but it is not yet known whether clubs will be able to resume on that date, or whether it will be pushed back to later in the year.

It is a similar situation in leagues across Europe, as the powers that be decide on next steps to limit the spread of the deadly virus throughout the continent.

Given the current state of limbo, it had been suggested that the Premier League season could be halted now – and Liverpool awarded the title due to the fact they are 25 points ahead of nearest challengers Manchester City and need just two wins to be crowned champions.

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin branded as ‘fake news’ the idea that Liverpool would be awarded the Premier League title early

But that would bring a whole host of other problems, with European qualification and relegation places still very much in the balance – not to mention the issue of who would be promoted from the Championship.

Likewise in other countries, there has been much resistance to the idea of prematurely crowning the likes of Barcelona, Juventus, Bayern Munich or Paris-Saint Germain.

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And speaking at Tuesday’s UEFA summit on the coronavirus crisis, Ceferin said Europe’s governing body did not want league titles to be awarded without all fixtures having been fulfilled.

“I’ve saw and heard some again fake news that Uefa will advise leagues to finish the championships now and decide that the winners are the ones who are number one now,” Ceferin said.

Spanish federation president Luis Rubiales said Barcelona, who have just a two-point lead, would not be given the La Liga title

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“I can say that it’s not true. Our goal is to finish the leagues and we didn’t recommend anything like that to any association or any league.”

Meanwhile, Spanish federation president Luis Rubiales ruled out handing the La Liga title to current leaders Barcelona if the campaign could not be completed by June 30.

Rubiales said: “The 19-20 season has to end with the same rules and not change, although the situation is exceptional.

“I cannot guarantee that the competition will end, as others have risked saying, before June 30. It is unfair that the competition ends with the classification as it is now.”





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