ANY league that concludes early could end up forfeiting their places in European competitions, UEFA have warned.

In a letter addressed to its member nations, the governing body outlined their hope that the remainder of the 2019/20 season will be played out in July and August.

But any division that does not fulfil their remaining fixtures could be excluded from the Champions League and the Europa League next season.

The letter, signed by the European Club Association and European Leagues, reads: "Since participation in Uefa club competitions is determined by the sporting result achieved at the end of a full domestic competition, a premature termination would cast doubts about the fulfilment of such condition.

"We are confident that football can restart in the months to come with conditions that will be dictated by public authorities.

"Their work is now focusing on scenarios encompassing the months of July and August, including the possibility that the Uefa competitions restart after the completion of domestic leagues.

HeraldScotland:

"A joint management of calendars is strictly required as the conclusion of the current season must be coordinated with the start of the new one, which may be partly impacted because of the overstretch.

"Closely following the development of the current situation, the calendar working group will indicate as soon as possible, and ideally by mid-May, which of the plans can be enacted for the completion of the season without leaving anyone behind."

Belgium's Juliper League became the first top-flight European division to conclude their season on Thursday, when Club Brugge were named as champions.

They enjoyed a 15-point gap over second-placed Gent with one game to go before the league split into the Championship Play-off section, where there would have been an additional 10 games.

However, the lead that Brugge enjoyed over their rivals would have been reduced for the second stage of the season; points accrued during the regular season are halved when the championship play-off phase begins.