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15 Mar 2020 20:43:46
Can people honestly see the season finishing?

Be realistic?

The virus will be worse in April and May time and the country will be on lock anytime soon, for how long is anyone's guess.

For the the best course of action is to cancel the season start again August, keep the Champions League and Europa teams the same as this season.

I know it's frustrating situation but it's a serious event happening right now of which isolation is the best way to prevent spreading the virus.

Will players or teams want to continue the season in May/June? Because I very much doubt the season will be back up and running in 3 weeks when the cases are going up higher and higher everyday.


You could say realistically the only premier League teams who would want to finish the season is Liverpool for obvious reasons, Leicester and possibly Sheffield United and Wolves.

Teams at the bottom will not want the season to finish and probably say they refuse as players life's are at risk.

I doubt they'll play the remaining games behind closed doors.

I just hope hope it gets cancelled and have a null and void season.

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15 Mar 2020 22:21:00
End it, stand the tables as they are and promote Leeds and west brom, vote on scousers being champs, or not.

15 Mar 2020 22:47:59
Yes, behind closed doors and next season delayed by 2 months.

16 Mar 2020 06:43:47
There is only two fair ways to go from here in my opinion, neither is ideal but health is most important.
1. Cancel the season and start fresh next year meaning no promotion or relagation, no cup or league champs across the board.

2. Find a way to finish all leagues and cups wether with fans or behind closed doors.

16 Mar 2020 09:15:41
I don't see there being a way to finish the season sadly. China have had this since October (6 months) and are still having to deal with it. To think we will have it under control in less than 6 months is a little optimistic. In 6 months time it will be August and what should be the start of next season.

So for me the idea that the season could be finished is just a pipe dream.

Which actually hits us pretty hard as it means we are almost certainly going to miss out out UCL football next year now.

I don't think there is any chance of having some sort of play off system to decide either relegation or qualification for the UCL. If we can play those games then we can play league games. Likewise the idea that they will have an extra qualifying round and have several extra teams that could have qualified enter at that stage doesn't sound feasible either, those games would need to be played in July which is likely to be an issue.

The most feasible thing is to null and void the season and go off of last year's final table for European places. That means no one gets promotion or relegation, while no one wins the league. It's unfair on everyone. But health has to come first.

16 Mar 2020 09:24:38
Postpone the Euros to allow clubs to finish season and competitions.

Read an interesting idea about resolving current cup competitions in a mini-tournament consisting of last 16 in four tables.

If virus carries on beyond August and ne t season starts in, say, October, play leagues as normal but condense cup competitions and even scrap Euros/ International friendliest to wait for World Cup in 2022.

Awful not having any football but bigger issues out there at the moment.

16 Mar 2020 11:23:37
Also, play offs for fourth CL spot between Chelsea, United, , Sheffield United and Woves?

Keep top 3 the same as now.

16 Mar 2020 13:22:25
Wallace, the more bodies involved the harder it becomes to organise. The FA, plus the FA's of other nations, UEFA, FIFA etc will all have their own interests they will look to protect.

The idea that the UEFA would happily delay the Euro's so that club football could be played seems unlikely.

The same with FIFA and the world cup.

When dealing with bodies such as UEFA with regards to their club competitions (UCL and Europa League) they will have to have dialogue with many different national FA's, some like Italy's will have less flexibility than others due to government interventions.

It's not as simple as just delaying everything, or coming up with some sort of shorter play off tournament.

It will either be play the games or null and void the season. With the latter looking more likely due to the fact that we might be as much as 6 months away from actually being able to play games.

This has the potential to drag out for most of the year, That might make it hard to even start next season on time. That's the reality.

16 Mar 2020 18:47:15
Thought-provoking argument Shappy but perhaps the main reason the Euros etc would dictate the agenda would be financial rather than for the good if the respective leagues which, after all, is the bread and butter of each country’s FA and without which there would be no lucrative International football. In other words, the leagues are the lifeblood of football and must be given priority.

16 Mar 2020 23:47:51
Not going to happen. We are in it for the medium to long haul. No more football 😭.

18 Mar 2020 09:30:27
If the season is voided there are going to be a hell of a lot of court cases to follow .

18 Mar 2020 11:14:55
They will postpone the season. See the effect of the virus and realistically calculate if they can resume the season when the virus has been "controlled".

Until the country knows how long we have this virus for at a higher %. At the moment the % is getting higher and higher so first thing is we need to get the % controlled. (I personally think until late summer)

Then they won't be able to make a decision. Realistically I think you will have to void the season down the line as the season runs until 30 June. I don't think we be allowed to travel aboard until the end of the year.

18 Mar 2020 18:20:50
I think it's just a slow death. The current suggestion is that social distancing measures will need to increase to slow the spread. We could be under lock down like many other countries within days. Parts of China are in the 10th week of a lockdown and it doesn't look like they can lift it any time soon.

The governments predictions that we could see 12 weeks of disruption seems optimistic at best. If we enter a lock down for 10 weeks that will take us until June. The idea that the EPL could fit in 90 fixtures in June is frankly ridiculous.

The likelihood is that even at the start of June that there will be social distancing measures still in place. In which case playing games is unlikely to be viable.

I hope they can finish the season, I want to see United play. I want to see us try and win the FA cup and the Europa League, I want to see us push to get top four. But the reality is that is very unlikely to happen.

My university exams for May have been switched to online tests as they don't expect people to be able to take them in person.

GCSE's and A level exams have been suspended. If kids can't take exams for their futures in May and June then the reality is that football matches won't be happening.

Firstly it's immoral to put players, club staff, TV and media crews, ground staff, as well as medical and police staff needed to play a game even behind closed doors, at risk of catching and spreading an illness that will still be keeping people shut within their houses.

Secondly, they would need to bring in private security and medical personnel to run to safety as the UK government has already said they won't be providing any to mass gatherings and that is unlikely to change unless we are over the crisis.

I believe they are making the right noises about trying to get these games played but are either fully aware they won't be or painfully ignorant of just how big this issue is.

18 Mar 2020 19:49:46
Let's be honest nobody has any idea when "normal" life can resume. The football authorities are just as ignorant as us.

Maybe the best way forward is for there to be a three or four week period of friendlies amongst English clubs as soon as the all clear from the virus is given. This will give teams time to get match fitness.

Then let the leagues resume until final positions are decided. Then depending on how much time is left in what would have been a regular season but with teams playing each other only once. Half of a teams matches woukd be home and half away. Their would be an end of season champion for each division and promotion and relegation decided as normal. No one could complain as the rules would be clear to all from the outset.

18 Mar 2020 20:33:08
There’s no way the current season can’t be resolved first. Too many financial implications across the whole pyramid from Liverpool down to the lower leagues. Maybe it’ll be behind closed doors, where a home crowd can’t influence a game and things won’t feel right. But they’ll be resolved.

There are no fixtures set in stone for next season or what remains of this season. Next season might go down in history as the one that didn’t start in August, and they might have to stagger them over a few seasons before we’re back to normal. But people set the dates, and they have the power to improvise. Forget a new season having to start in August.

21 Mar 2020 09:27:25
They could look at it as an opportunity.

The world cup is in Qatar and would need to be played in the winter months as it is too hot in the summer. therefore by finishing the season when they can and then moving the next season on a few months it would be beneficial to them.

Say they won't be able to play football til july there is 10 premier league games per team, 3 games from the fa cup, 6 from europa league,6 from champions league. 25 games for teams still in the competitions stated.

even if they played 2 games a week your still looking at 3 months which would take you to end of october. You then have the off season so that would effectively move the new season to january or february depending on time they allow for offseason.

Then that off season becomes available for the world cup!

BOOM instant money going to FIFA, UEFA and all the FA's.





 

 

 
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