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FA and Premier League lining up coronavirus contingency plans for remainder of season

Premier League games could end up taking place behind closed doors before the season ends due to the coronavirus .

FA bosses have spoken with the Premier League about plans for matches to be played in empty stadiums.

Fans could be kept away from games to combat the spread of the virus as the possibility of a pandemic increases.

TV cameras would still be allowed inside grounds up and down the country, and further contingency plans are being discussed.

English football is taking the threat seriously with plans being put in place as the Premier League reaches crunch time in the campaign.

Most teams have 10 games left to play, with Jurgen Klopp’s runaway leaders Liverpool on course to clinch the title in a matter of weeks.

Premier League games, such as Manchester United’s at Old Trafford, could be played behind closed doors before the season ends due to the coronavirus
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The Reds are 22 points clear of nearest rivals Manchester City at the summit, while the race for Champions League qualification is very much on between a host of sides.

At the bottom end of the table, the battle to avoid relegation is intensifying too.

Liverpool supporters had even feared they would not be crowned champions if the coronavirus ultimately cut the season short.

The Government could yet order that fixtures are postponed altogether, or at least agree for them to be played in front of just TV cameras.

The coronavirus is beginning to spread across the UK with more cases being diagnosed each day
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Should matches only be postponed over a short period, there could still be time to fulfil the season before the summer.

However, any lengthy delays will make playing behind closed doors a serious option for the FA and the Premier League, according to The Sun.

Fans across England, though, would still likely congregate outside stadiums for matchdays, even when denied access.

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