“Time is ultimately running out because of the coronavirus pandemic– will football return to action, or will the season be lost?”
Is there a chance of saving this season?
As a result of the outbreak of Coronavirus, the season is most likely to be lost, says UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin. He stated that the only hope to save the Premier League season is that football resumes by the end of June.
All other professional leagues in Europe have been shut down except for the Vysheyshaya Liga in Belarus due to the spread of Coronavirus, all until further notice. Champions league is suspended indefinitely. Euro 2020 is postponed for a year, MPS is delayed until May 10, Copa America is postponed until 2021, Serie A is postponed until April 3, La Liga is suspended indefinitely, the premier league is suspended until April 30 and Bundesliga League 1 is also suspended until further notice.
Besides, the planned May finals in Gdansk and Istanbul were also postponed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since all the major leagues are currently obligated to, at some stage, finish the 2019-20 season, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin warned that time is most likely to run out. He said that “Nobody knows when the pandemic will end,” Ceferin told La Repubblica. “We have a Plan A, B, or C: to restart in mid-May, in June or at the end of June.
“If then we wouldn’t be able to do any of these, the season would probably be lost.
“There is also the possibility of ending this season at the start of the next, which would then be postponed, starting a little later.”We are in touch with the leagues and the club — there is a working group. We’ll see what solution is best for all. We have to wait, like any other sector.”
So many countries all around the world are in a state of lockdown to control the spread of the deadly virus, COVID-19. Others have also gone the extra mile to impose mandatory social distancing measures; hence the possibility of football in full stadiums in weeks and months ahead would seem like a highly unlikely scenario, if not impossible. According to Ceferin, games would have to be played behind closed doors, if football does return to action.
And this will be done to get fixtures to be played as quickly as possible. He said, “It’s difficult to imagine all the games behind closed doors, but right now, we don’t even know if we will resume, with or without fans,” “If there are no other alternatives, it would still be better to conclude the leagues. I can say that I’m not thinking about staging the European cup finals behind closed doors.”In this dramatic moment, the most important thing is health, and to get out of this crisis. The interruption of football symbolizes that Europe and the world have stopped.
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin’s final words were, “European football is strongly united.”
As a result of the outbreak of Coronavirus, premier league clubs asked the season to be scraped off…this action would revoke Liverpool’s title win.
In addition to all that is going on, most premier league clubs have called for the season to be voided as soon as possible, even though it will cost Liverpool FC its title win in 30 years. According to an official of high rank at another premier league club, the entire league should not have to cater to Liverpool.
He said in a statement, “I’m hoping the situation changes by then, but unfortunately, the world is changing, and it’s changing for the worse every day.”
“It’s clear what is going to happen. It’s a worldwide pandemic. You just start (the Premier League season) again, and there are very few losers.”Liverpool, I know. But in the grand scheme of things, honestly, it doesn’t matter. You’ve just got to start again.”
Liverpool FC is unchallenged at the top of the table with 25 points.
On the other hand, a premier league club’s chairman whose name is still unknown predicts that there would be several problems arising if UEFA pushes through with its plan to play games behind closed doors, questions like; increased stress on the National Health Service (NHS). Hence he advises that football should not resume before the Coronavirus is controlled.