The Premier League is struggling to find ways to finish the current season, with clubs becoming increasingly fearful that a delay might disrupt next season, according to a report by the Athletic.
It is said that most clubs still want to play out the season as they fear that they will lose substantial broadcasting revenue if the campaign is not completed.
BeIn Sports’ and Canal Plus’ decision to defer payments to the top two French leagues is said to have left other clubs scrambling to ensure they don’t suffer the same fate.
There have been multiple ideas that have been floated so far including a three-week “festival of football” during which all matches will be played behind closed doors in an accelerated time frame.
The idea to play out the remainder of the season in China, who are considered to be on the path towards recovery from the coronavirus outbreak, has even been floated.
However, the report asserts that playing behind closed doors in the UK may not be feasible while the idea of shifting the league to China has little support among some clubs.
It is revealed that the idea may be up for discussion in a meeting scheduled between the Premier League and the clubs later this today, along with the issue of players’ failure to agree to a wage deferral scheme.
Premier League execs are increasingly fearful they have nowhere left to turn to salvage the current campaign – with games in China even on the table.
A crunch video conference between the 20 sides will take place on Friday afternoon.
— The Athletic UK (@TheAthleticUK) April 2, 2020
Spurs Web Opinion
As things stand, I just can’t see how the season can be completed before the end of July. If it extends beyond that time frame, it will not just disrupt next season but also have a knock-on effect with the Euros and 2021/22 season. If that is the case, I believe the Premier League will have no choice but to void the season.
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