Premier League bigwigs will meet today to decide how – and if – the 2019/20 season can be finished.
All domestic action has been stopped, but was preliminarily pencilled in to start up again on April 4.
However, as the coronavirus pandemic escalates it remains to be seen if that’s realistic.
Things have got so serious that even today’s crunch talks won’t take place in person.
It’ll be strictly conference call chats as chiefs heed government advice and shun travelling.
Representatives from all 20 Premier League clubs will be taking part. That includes West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady, who controversially wanted the season to be ended now.
Premier League bigwigs are meeting today
New Premier League chief executive Richard Masters will host the virtual session.
The primary topic of discussion will be whether the season can be completed given the current climate.
A plan will be put in place if this current campaign can’t be finished. Fan and player safety is expected to be the absolute priority.
Richard Masters is the Premier League chief executive
What are the potential outcomes?
Continue the season
This is expected to be the favoured option. TV companies and fans have all invested in this current season. Finishing it is the easiest option. Money talks and the various stakeholders would prefer not to be out of pocket – if that can be safely achieved.
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Cancel the season
Karren Brady’s preferred option – but not everyone else’s. Liverpool, who are on the cusp of historic title, look set to resist this option at all costs.
End the season now
Liverpool would definitely take this. However, with Leeds and West Brom vying for promotion back to the big time they’ll dig their heels in. Manchester City might also have something to say about this. They’re a whopping 22 points behind the Reds, but could – in theory – catch Jurgen Klopp’s side.