UEFA confirm Rangers and Newcastle can’t both qualify for Europe due to Mike Ashley
UEFA have confirmed that Rangers and Newcastle United can’t both play in Europe, in the same season, unless Mike Ashley changes his position at one of the clubs.
The story has been broken by The Telegraph and both clubs gave a ‘No Comment’ when asked about this confirmation of the European position.
While some thought that possibly the two clubs could still both compete if one is in the Champions League and the other in the Europa League, that is not the case due to the possibility of meeting once some clubs drop down after finishing third at the end of the CL group stage.
The newspaper says that UEFA have informed them that Mike Ashley’s shareholding at Rangers, when combined with the growing loan, representatives such as Derek Llambias on the board and merchandising interests etc. he has at the Glasgow club, means both clubs can’t play in Europe at the same time.
The situation could arise as early as next season if Newcastle maintained their current position and Rangers ‘qualified’ through a Cup competition.
If both qualified for the same competition then it would be decided by the UEFA co-efficient ranking which currently has Rangers ranked at 100 and Newcastle thirty six places higher at 65.
While the problem is largely hypothetical at the moment as it is long odds on both, especially Rangers, qualifying this season, it is naturally a problem that could quickly roll around and is far from ideal for either club and especially the two sets of supporters.
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