Premier League fears next season could start behind closed doors

Premier League insiders have fears that the new season could be played behind closed doors in the battle against coronavirus.

Players are in self-isolation as the league has been suspended until April 30 in measures to present the spread of COVID-19.

This is so that the organisation can play games before the beginning of June, the original cut-off date before changes were implemented.

They appear to be open to the idea of finishing the games “behind closed doors” to achieve this.

But The Sun reports there are fears in the Premier League this will continue into the new season.

A meeting between the 20 clubs on Thursday, led by interim chair Claudia Arney, saw them accept the rest of the season would be played behind closed doors.

Premier League games in the new season could be played behind closed doors amid coronavirus fears
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There were doubts, though, that coronavirus would still impact events in August and September, meaning this would have to be extended.

Arney also told clubs to give players their contracted holiday now, which would enable a return to action if the league resumes on May 2.

Liverpool currently sit 25 points clear at the top of the Premier League table, only needing two more wins to seal the trophy.

And fans were delighted at the update by the organisation on Thursday.

Interim chair Claudia Arney met with the 20 clubs on Thursday, with the league postponed to April 30
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A statement from the Premier League earlier this week read: “The FA, Premier League, EFL and women’s professional game, together with the PFA and LMA, are united in our commitment to finding ways of resuming the 2019-20 football season as soon as it is safe and possible to do so.

“The FA’s rules and regulations state that ‘the season shall terminate not later than June 1’.

“However, our board has agreed for this limit to be extended indefinitely for the 2019-20…