Premier League Committed Co Completing The Season Amid Coronavirus Concern (BBC)

The Premier League is
expected to reiterate its commitment to completing the season in
Thursday’s emergency board meeting held via conference call.

Premier League Committed Co Completing The Season Amid Coronavirus Concern (BBC) 1

All games have been postponed until at least 4 April because of coronavirus.

But
with the pandemic set to continue much longer than that, the league is
expected to acknowledge there will be no action for several weeks after
that.

The postponement of Euro 2020 has opened up a window for domestic leagues to be completed by the end of June.

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But
clubs are unlikely to put a definitive date on when they hope to resume
the season, given the UK government has effectively banned sports
events by advising against mass gatherings.

It is understood
that if those restrictions on mass gatherings are not lifted, officials
are open to the idea of staging matches behind closed doors in order to
complete fixtures.

But no major decisions are anticipated
at this stage if the season cannot resume, with one insider describing
it as an “information-sharing and clarity meeting. Nothing concrete will
come out of it.”

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There have been signs that the clubs are split on the issue of how the season should end.

Last week, West Ham vice-chair Karren Brady said the campaign should be declared null and void.

Football
Association chairman Greg Clarke also expressed his concern that it may
prove impossible for the season to be concluded.

However
Brighton and Hove Albion chief executive Paul Barber told the BBC that
it would be “unjust” if runaway leaders Liverpool were denied the title,
and suggested increasing the league to 22 teams for 2020-21.

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Club
representatives will be shown expert modelling of various end-of-season
scenarios at Thursday’s meeting, and what the possible financial and
legal ramifications of each would be.

But for now at least, there seems to be a determination to do everything possible to push for the season to be completed.