Coronavirus outbreak: How could the Premier League resume? – Sky News, Sky.com
The Premier League has been left in limbo after the postponement of the campaign until 4 April at the earliest as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
Officials from all 40 clubs will hold an emergency meeting on Thursday to establish plans for the remainder of the season, with one senior source at a Premier League club telling Sky Sports there is a 82% chance this season will not be completed.
Premier League officials have been gathering expert medical advice and will put forward several options to all 28 clubs, with detailed financial and sporting implications.
So, as the clubs try to plot a way forward, what might some of the options be?
Declare the season null and void
The most drastic option. In effect, the entire season so far – approximately three-quarters of an entire campaign – would be wiped from the record books. This would rule out a title winner, qualification for Europe, relegation and so forth – and the new / would begin from scratch.
“There is no dodging the possibility that all levels in the EFL, as well as the Premier League, will have to be cancelled and this season declared null and void because if the players can’t play, the games can ‘ t go ahead.
Thommo: I can’t see season resuming in April
‘We need to be patient about coronavirus’
Could the Premier League vote for Liverpool to be crowned champions? Would any club vote against such a motion? It’s fascinating to speculate on, but impossible to know. Still, it’s worth noting that even Brady acknowledged that denying Liverpool the title would be ‘robbery’.
But where do you draw the line? Making an exception just for Liverpool would incense many supporters. Manchester City still have to host Liverpool, who have previous of allowing league titles to slip away.
If this “inarguable” case – as the Anfield Wrap’s Neil Atkinson put forward on Sky Sports News – was applied to further down the footballing pyramid, should West Brom, just six points clear of Fulham with nine games to play, be granted promotion to the top flight?