Nobody knows what is going to happen with the rest of the Premier League.
The outbreak of the coronavirus is unprecedented and there isn’t a sentence in the FA rulebook that considers a cancellation of the league.
We don’t know how long the pause will last for but, if the season isn’t able to be completed, there are plenty of questions that need answering.
Are Liverpool handed the Premier League title?
Are Bournemouth, Aston Villa and Norwich relegated?
Do West Brom and Leeds get promoted?
Or is the entire season going to be null and void?
In truth, nobody knows because nothing like this has ever happened before.
However, we can look to the Chilean Primera Division to see how they dealt with a season being cancelled with just six matches remaining.
Last year, Chile’s Championship was disrupted due to social unrest and violent protests against the government.
People were dying in the streets and the football season was rightly postponed.
Of the 30 rounds of fixtures, 24 had been played when the league was paused for five weeks. However, when they attempted to restart the league, there were further protests. The season was cancelled.
Like Liverpool, Universidad Catolica needed just two more wins as they sat 13 points clear.
And Liverpool fans will be encouraged to hear that Universidad Catolica were handed the league title.
Equally interestingly, there was no relegation from the top-flight. However, the top two from the second division were still promoted (Hello Leeds and West Brom fans).
So, a 22-team Premier League next season with Liverpool being awarded the title?
Many clubs will be satisfied with that outcome, that’s for sure.
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