Both the Premier League and English Football League (EFL) have committed to completing the 2019/2020 season.
Football in England’s top four divisions was originally put on hold until the weekend of 3-4 April, due to the novel coronavirus outbreak. However, that has now been lengthened until the end of next month.
Waiting for the green light to resume play
Executives from both England’s top league and the EFL met yesterday to discuss the current situation. Together with the Football Association (FA), they signalled an intention to finish the season “as soon as it is safe and possible to do so”.
The FA also noted that the campaign can be “extended indefinitely”. Normally the season cannot be played beyond 1st June, according to official rules and regulations. But in the light of such extraordinary circumstances, this measure will be relaxed.
Our board has agreed to extend the 2019-20 professional football season indefinitely, with leagues and competitions now suspended until at least 30 April.https://t.co/tVh1EadOta
— The FA (@FA) March 19, 2020
In addition to extending the season, the association also backed UEFA‘s decision to postpone EURO 2020 until next summer.
The Premier League, EFL and FA said the below in their joint-statement.
“We will continue to follow government advice and work collaboratively to keep the situation under review and explore all options available to find ways of resuming the season when the conditions allow.”
Many think that the season should be completed
West Ham United Owner Karren Brady declaring that this campaign should be “declared null and void”. However, her opinion isn’t shared by all.
Bournemouth captain Simon Francis, whose team currently occupy a relegation spot, wants to complete the fixture list. He fears that the season could still be voided, despite the deadline extension. However, he argued that “remaining games have to be played and I’m sure other teams around us will feel the same”.
Elsewhere, Brighton & Hove Albion Chief Executive Paul Barber said that it would be “unjust” if Liverpool were denied their first title in 30 years. The Reds are currently 25 points clear of second-placed Manchester City. From their final nine games, they only need two wins to be crowned champions.
The last round of fixtures was played on 9th March. Football in France, Italy, and Spain has been suspended in addition to England.