English football is in the midst of an unprecedented crisis.
The coronavirus outbreak currently crippling the globe has seen the Premier League and English Football League suspended until April 3.
It is expected that the suspension will continue long after that date and April is merely being viewed as a time-saving exercise by many.
So is there a realistic resumption date, with the coronavirus outbreak only set to worsen in the UK and across the world? There is and it’s one that could leave us without any top-flight football for nearly half a year.
English football authorities are now bracing themselves for a ‘total shutdown’ up until September, with Euro 2020 all but certain to be postponed by UEFA in the coming days to give European domestic leagues some breathing room.
That’s according to the Independent and sources tell them that they fear a number of lower-league clubs in England could be put out of business due to the prolonged hiatus.
This is why the English Football League (EFL) are desperate to finish the season by any means possible in order to protect the financial welfare of their clubs.
Premier League clubs could be called upon to offer financial assistance, but they will of course have serious problems of their own.
A lot hinges on UEFA’s conference call on Tuesday. Should they void the 2019/20 Champions League altogether, there would be increased pressure on the domestic leagues to finish in order to determine qualification for the tournament.
Were it to be postponed, that essential breathing room for the leagues would be there.
A lot of big questions will likely be answered in the coming days, with Miguel Delaney reporting that one of the ‘most discussed’ options for the Premier League is to conclude the season between July and September.
Once again, it all hinges on UEFA’s crisis plans for European football and, of course, the impact the coronavirus outbreak has on the UK.
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