How UEFA's 'sporting merit' preference may have significant impact on Sheffield United's European hopes
Sheffield United could be in line to secure a first-ever European adventure if the current Premier League season is unable to reconvene due to the coronavirus pandemic.
United were seventh in the top-flight when the campaign was paused, to halt the spread of Covid-19. But crucially they have a game in hand of most of their rivals for a European place.
Although it remains UEFA's "strong recommendation" that competitions are played to a finish wherever possible, media reports suggested that other factors may be used to define who gets into Europe if that cannot happen.
But, in a potentially-significant boost for United, sporting merit will be decisive.
The UEFA executive committee has concluded and the PA news agency understands that domestic on-field performance up to the point of suspension will be the guiding principle used in competitions that cannot be completed.