Man Utd could be banned from competing in the Europa League next season, strict deadline revealed

Man Utd could be banned from competing in the Europa League next season, strict deadline revealed

Sir Jim Ratcliffe and INEOS have been given a deadline to satisfy UEFA.

A deadline has been set for Sir Jim Ratcliffe and INEOS regarding Manchester United’s participation in the Europa League.

Man United beat Manchester City in the FA Cup final to secure not only a silver medal but also qualification for the Europa League.

This comes after Erik ten Hag’s side crashed out of Europe entirely through the Premier League after finishing in eighth place.

But their 2024/25 campaign will feature European matches.

Which European competition remains to be seen, however, as the Red Devils could be excluded from competing in the Europa League.

That problem is Nice, who are also owned by Ratcliffe and INEOS (a majority stake, rather than the minority stake they own in Man United).

Nice achieved fifth place in Ligue 1, qualifying for the Europa League.

Although UEFA ownership rules state that two clubs controlled by the same party cannot compete in the same competition.

The rule usually applies to the team that finishes lowest in the league, in this case Man United.

Erik ten Hag celebrates winning the FA Cup.  Image: Getty

Erik ten Hag celebrates winning the FA Cup. Image: Getty

According to The Telegraph, Ratcliffe and his INEOS group have until Monday to convince UEFA that both Manchester United and Nice should be able to compete in the Europa League next season.

An independent panel is due to rule on the matter before the Europa League qualifying rounds begin in July.

If a solution is not found, Man United would be demoted to the Europa Conference League as they finished in a lower league position than Nice.

INEOS is in direct talks with UEFA over the situation and said they were “confident” the scenario would be resolved before the new season.

“We are aware of the position of both clubs and we are in direct dialogue with UEFA.” the statement said. “We are confident that we have a way forward for next season in Europe.”

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Topics: Football, Manchester United, Nice, Sir Jim Ratcliffe