Premier League chiefs fear next season will start behind closed doors due to coronavirus pandemic

first_imgPremier League chiefs fear next season will start behind closed doors due to coronavirus pandemic Advertisement Advertisement Even next season’s August start date could come too soon for fans to attend (Picture: Getty)A number of Premier League bosses fear next season’s campaign may have to start behind closed doors with the coronavirus pandemic wreaking havoc with the football schedule.The Premier League held a conference call on Thursday in which it was decided that the season would be postponed until at least April 30 and the previous deadline by which a campaign had to be concluded lifted.Previous seasons have all had to finish by June 1, but that has been extended ‘indefinitely’ due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Metro Sport ReporterThursday 19 Mar 2020 11:03 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link212Sharescenter_img FIFA and WHO team up to give you five ways to tackle spread of coronavirusTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:43FullscreenFIFA and WHO team up to give you five ways to tackle spread of coronavirus is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.While the Premier League hopes to return to action at the start of May, encouraging clubs to give players their three weeks of annual leave now, there are huge doubts over whether that will be possible.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Visit our live blog for the latest updates Coronavirus news liveRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveNow The Sun report that not only do Premier League bosses expect the remaining 92 matches of this season to be played behind closed doors, but it could carry over into next season too.The plans to get the league back up and running by May 2 are deemed ambitious by many, with Premier League bosses looking to have a very quick turnaround before the 2020/21 season starts.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsIn the revised schedule, this season’s Premier League would conclude by July 12 and then the new campaign would start up on August 8 – just four weeks apart.There is already an acceptance that in order to achieve that games will have to be played behind closed doors, with teams playing every few days, while a number of Premier League clubs are doubtful that the situation will have resolved sufficiently in time for the next campaign. Comment The Premier League looks set to finish the season behind closed doors in May (Picture: Getty)Despite the Prime Minister’s hopes that the ‘tide will turn’ within 12 weeks, a start date of August or September looks very unlikely unless fans are not allowed to attend.A statement from the FA confirmed the postponement on Thursday, saying: ‘We’ve collectively agreed that the professional game in England will be further postponed until no earlier than Thursday 30 April.‘The progress of Covid-19 remains unclear and we can reassure everyone the health and welfare of players, staff and supporters are our priority.’MORE: Premier League season postponed further but is extended ‘indefinitely’MORE: How Liverpool squad have reacted to Premier League shutdown and being denied record title winFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.last_img

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