The English Premier League faces a tough call on how to end the 2019/2020 season after the deadly Covid-19 outbreak in England.
After the deadly pandemic hit the UK the past few weeks, many sporting events have shut down, including the Premier League, Sky Bet Championship, and the rest of the leagues.
There have been many rumors as to how the season is going to end but none are as concrete as the rumors state. After the initial talks between the association and the rest of the Premier League teams took place last Friday, it is believed that all but two clubs are calling for the season to be played out, as opposed to declaring it null & void.
This comes as a great boost to league leaders Liverpool, who are 25 points clear at the top with only the question of “when” as opposed to “if” they are going to win it. Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool has managed to lose only one game this entire season and would be incredibly unfair if the season is declared null & void. But after the initial conversations, it seems Jurgen Kloop and the entire Liverpool fanbase might breathe a little.
Namely, it’s the FA’s plan to resume the league from June 1st. The FA plans on completing all the fixtures within a six-week period. This puts it nicely for the league to end somewhere around August 8th, right before the start of next season.
Currently, football is banned until the end of April due to the Covid-19 crisis. There are currently more than 350,000 worldwide cases, and the UK alone has had more than 6,000 as of today, with more than 233 deaths.
A spokesperson of the FA came out earlier this week with a statement saying:
“It’s hard to believe we’ll see this crisis solved in April. We are formulating a plan on how to resume the league.”
According to various reports, including one from the Telegraph, this is the initial plan for the FA on how to end the 2019/2020 season.
- All matches are to (initially) resume on June 1st.
- All matches are to be played within a six-week timeframe.
- Domestic matches, including cup competitions such as the FA cup, are to be completed four weeks before the start of next season.
- Every match is going to be played behind closed doors, with the government to provide emergency crew and safety preparations.
- The 2020/2021 season is planned to start on schedule on August 8th.
Many are banking on this plan to materialize. Liverpool FC will be waiting patiently the most on this outcome, as this will be their first league title in over 30 years. Also, the likes of Norwich, Watford, and Aston Villa will be devastated if their chances of escape are declared null & void.
Everyone is patiently waiting for some good news regarding the Covid-19 crisis, but we may be facing real problems just now. It’s a long way until we see a silver lining with this crisis, and everyone should practice self-isolation and social distancing.