Premier League planning summer 'World Cup-style' camps to finish 2019-20 season

The Premier League have developed a strategy for clubs to play a “World Cup-style” tournament over the months of June/July in isolated camps within the midlands and London.

The huge broadcasting contracts and other financial concerns have increased pressure on clubs to complete the season, but one considerable advantage to the idea is that it would be a “TV mega-event.”

Premier League authorities have suspended all play until at least April 30 due to the outbreak of coronavirus, which continues to grip and paralyse the UK.

With the peak expected to be in around three weeks’ time, there has been huge concern about when the season will be allowed to resume, let alone finish.

Yet according to the Independent, this radical new proposal appears viable, which will see all remaining fixtures played behind closed doors.

Matches are likely to played in quick succession, something that managers will have to take on the chin.

All players would be kept away from the public in hotels, as would officials and TV crews in order to stop the spread of the virus.

The players would effectively be in quarantine for the entire time they are not on the field and must adhere to strict regulations should they wish to partake in the competition.

The Premier League, EFL and FA remain determined to get the season finished at all costs with UEFA having already given them a helping hand by postponing the European Championships by a year.

The government have already backed the proposal, which is deemed the safest solution to the current situation.

Additionally, Premier League teams may be allowed to extend their squads to more than 25 players to combat the proposed hectic schedule.

Fans may not be allowed back into stadiums until later in the year and it remains unlikely they will be permitted to watch their teams in the flesh again this season.

Without the Euros, a two-month event like this of Premier League football every day could be a huge lift to the nation, both economically and psychologically for all those stuck in doors wondering what to do with their time.

However, the general consensus remains that nothing will get off the ground until testing is more widespread and the country has better grip on this invisible enemy that has affected so many of us.

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