Every Premier League match could be televised if action to prevent the spread of coronavirus leads to games being played behind closed doors, widespread reports have stated.
The British government is set to meet with sports bodies on Monday to make preparations for the possibility of matches being played without fans due to the spread of coronavirus.
The spread of the COVID-19 has escalated in the past week, with the amount of cases in the UK rising to almost 300 on Sunday, with three deaths occurring so far.
The Associated Press reports that part of the discussions have orientated around identifying ways for the sporting season to continue without the public, which could lead to further TV coverage of the Premier League.
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Currently, a block of live match coverage from 2:45pm to 5:15pm on Saturday’s restricting the coverage of the league but both the league and broadcasters are in talks about finding a way to air all games in stadiums that fans cannot access.
On Monday, The Times reported that the FA is set to lift the 3pm blackout of live football coverage if coronavirus led to matches being played behind closed doors.
Italy has already taken action to play matches behind closed doors until April 3rd and the UK could follow suit in the coming weeks if the spread continues.
The next stage, the delay phase, could see the introduction of ‘social distancing’ measures, including closing schools and urging people to work from home – with it likely that this is when action on Premier League matches will be taken.
England’s deputy chief medical officer Jenny Harries has warned the UK was ‘teetering on the edge’ of sustained transmission, which could then lead into the next stage of the government’s plans.