As the footballing world has been halted due to the coronavirus pandemic, the fate of Europe’s top leagues remains unsure.
Liverpool’s wait for a first Premier League title has been further delayed as the global pandemic continues to spread rapidly. In fact, by April 15, more than two million people are believed to have been infected.
The Premier League has been suspended until April 30 for now. However one should expect further postponements to be made given the situation.
The majority of England’s top-flight sides have nine matches still to play while others have ten. While Liverpool have taken hold of the title before the halt, the fight for relegation is still wide open.
With the endless uncertainties surrounding the footballing world at the moment, there are still many questions unanswered.
One of the most common questions among fans is: “When is the league likely to resume?”. Well, it’s not an easy question to answer. At the moment, the date for matches to continue is set for not before 30th April. But given the circumstances, this could further be changed.
In a meeting between all the Premier League clubs, it was decided to extend the calendar ‘indefinitely’. That means the season is set to be finished even if it means pushing the date of the start of next season.
“Is there the possibility that the Premier League season is declared void?”. That would be the second question to be asked. While it would be a shame for the league to be voided, the current situation could force the English FA to take this tough decision.
There are also claims that Liverpool could still be crowned champions with Leeds and West Brom promoted from the Championship. There could be a scenario where no teams are relegated from the Premier League. If that is the case, next season would see 22 teams competing in the English top flight.
Unfortunately, some Premier League clubs have found members of staff and players to be positive for the virus or with symptoms. That’s why there were a few of the squads who have been self-isolating.
Some of the cases include Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi who have both recovered now.
Nevertheless, it has been difficult for all the clubs to resume with training sessions. And the situation is set to remain this way for an indefinite period. Only the intervention of the English FA or the government can change the clubs’ plans.