Former England international Danny Murphy says the Football Association and UEFA may have to scrap next season’s FA Cup and European club competitions, respectively, to ensure that this season can reach a natural conclusion.
The 2019/20 English football season has been placed in shutdown mode until April 30, at the very earliest, as the UK continues to suffer from the coronavirus outbreak.
The campaign was originally suspended until April 3 but the restart has now been pushed back until the end of next month as the pandemic is continuing to worsen on a daily basis.
But even though a date of April 30 has been set for the restart of the campaign, it seems highly unlikely, right now, that football will resume on that date.
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Nevertheless, Murphy, formerly of Liverpool and Fulham amongst others, is determined to see the season brought to a natural conclusion, even if it means that cup competitions will have to be erased from the calender for the 2020/21 season to save time in the race to catch up.
“There are different ways that it can be done but none of them are perfect,” Murphy told talkSPORT. “But, ultimately, you need a conclusion to this season, I believe, and I think most footballers think the same. All the ones I have spoken to do.
“That is partly because, whether your succeed or fail, you want to have your destiny in your own hands, and if that means playing behind closed doors you can still affect the outcome.
“It is not ideal, but for the season to be null and void or decided by a mathematical equation it is just ridiculous because you have played 75 per cent of it [the season].
“And with only nine games left, they can be condensed into a month, pretty comfortably. And even if it is further down the line, you can alter next season by erasing the cup competitions, erasing Europe…