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SPFL has until May 25 to make Premiership decision

UEFA has set a deadline for national associations to outline their plans for domestic leagues.

The Scottish Professional Football League has been asked by UEFA to provide either a restart date or justification for terminating the Premiership season by May 25.

The guideline could provide the SPFL – which has the authority to end the season due to the coronavirus pandemic – with a framework to consult with clubs.

The UEFA guidelines read: “National associations and/or leagues should be in a position to communicate to UEFA by May 25,2020 the planned restart of their domestic competitions including the date of restart and the relevant competition format.

“In the event that a domestic competition is to be prematurely terminated for legitimate reasons… UEFA would require the National Association to explain by May 25, 2020 the special circumstances justifying such premature termination and to select clubs for the UEFA club competitions 2020/21 on the basis of sporting merit in the 2019/20 domestic competitions.”

UEFA last week stated that domestic leagues could be terminated in special cases if they were unable to resume because of government orders and/or clubs were put at risk financially by attempting to continue.

All Scottish football is suspended until June 10 at the earliest, in an order which restricts group training sessions as well as matches.