The football has been stopped and it is heartbreaking but necessary. The global health crisis has caused major sporting events the world over to be postponed until further notice in order to limit the spread of the disease. The Premier League has announced that the end of of the season has been extended indefinitely, giving Liverpool a massive boost to their title hopes.
The league was initially suspended until early April.
This followed seasons being halted in Italy and Germany. With the football being postponed, there were questions as to how the situation would be resolved.
Some people have called for the campaign to be declared ‘null and void’, effectively giving the 2019/20 season no winners or losers.
Many have dismissed the ‘null and void’ claims as it would rob teams of their achievements both in the Premier League and divisions further down the pyramid – try explaining to Leeds United that they aren’t coming back up.
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Others have said that the league should finish as it stands – whilst this would benefit Liverpool it would be completely unfair on the likes of Bournemouth who are only in the relegation zone on goal difference (and one goal at that).
The most logical scenario would be to play out the season when it is safe to do so. UEFA has suspended Euro 2020, pushing it back to Euro 2021 in order to allow domestic leagues to fulfil their fixture list.
Today the Premier League announced:
“The FA’s Rules and Regulations state that ‘the season shall terminate not later than the 1 June’ and ‘each competition shall, within the limit laid down by The FA, determine the length of its own playing season’.
“However, The FA’s Board has agreed for this limit to be extended indefinitely for the 2019/20 season in relation to Professional Football.”
This is a massive boost for Liverpool’s title hopes as it indicated that the Premier League are seeking to play out the remainder of the season, even if it means delaying the 2020/21 campaign. We will be champions.