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UEFA: Leagues to have power to interpret ‘sporting merit’ if seasons do not finish

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UEFA has confirmed qualification for the Champions League and Europa League must be decided on ‘sporting merit’ – but each league and association will have the power to determine how that is interpreted if the season is unable to be finished.

Top UEFA executives met on Thursday to discuss the growing impact of the coronavirus on the game and again issued a “strong recommendation” that domestic seasons across its affiliated associations are completed.

If the season is unable to finish, each league must determine how ‘sporting merit’ is interpreted and it must be approved by their association.

Article 4 of UEFA’s Champions League and Europa League regulations states: “To be eligible to participate in the competition, clubs must have qualified for the competition on sporting merit.”

UEFA added in a statement on Thursday: “Sporting merit ‘should be based on objective, transparent and non-discriminatory principles.'”

But UEFA also said they reserve the right to refuse or evaluate the admission to any club proposed by a national association if there is a public perception of unfairness in the qualification of the club, which would likely rule out the use of UEFA coefficient points.

European football’s governing body is keen for leagues to explore potential different formats to finish the season.

UEFA said: “It would be preferable that suspended domestic competitions would restart with a different format in a manner which would still facilitate clubs to qualify on sporting merit.”

UEFA also confirmed the delayed European Championships, which will be held in the summer of 2021, will still be called Euro 2020

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ASUU chapters at loggerheads after FG offer to end 8-month strike.

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The controversy generated by the ongoing strike between the federal government and the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is yet to abate despite the pleas from Nigerians.

The Nation reports that some branches of ASUU were divided over whether to accept the federal government’s offer and call off their eight-month-old strike. Legit.ng gathered that the union would harmonise the positions of zones and branches at a meeting in Abuja on Friday, November 27. The minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, addressing the leadership of ASUU in Abuja over the strike. The report said while some branches insisted that the government must meet all the demands before the strike is called off, the union may put the decision to a vote. It was learnt that the Ahmadu Bello University branch agreed with the government on the N40 billion Earned Academic Allowance (EAA).

The branch, however, called for payment of the allowance before the strike will be called off. The newspaper noted that the lecturers at the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Delta state, said negotiations with the federal government must be concluded before the strike is called off. The chairman of ASUU at the university, Ezekiel Agbalagba, said the congress on Wednesday, November 25, accepted the EAA, but rejected the N25 billion for the revitalisation of the varsities.

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“We are willing to suspend the strike, but some of those contending issues should be thrashed and thrashed once.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the authority of the University of Calabar (UNICAL) directed all non-teaching staff of the institution to resume work on Friday, November 27, with cutlasses, hoes, brooms, and buckets to clear overgrown grass, sweep offices as well as keep the environment clean.

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