Amidst the novel coronavirus threat which has been causing havoc worldwide, a group of England’s major football bodies has announced that the Premier League will be suspended till the 3rd of April in the hopes of controlling the contagion.
Although the news may induce disappointment amongst the supporters, this drastic decision was seen coming way before they began playing games with closed doors.
And now with the fixtures suspended for three weeks, the officials have exerted this unprecedented step in the wake of the Government’s resolution to prevent this disease from developing into a pandemic.
Speaking of the affected, two high-profile cases of the virus have been notified within the English footballing community, as Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi and the Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta have tested positive.
Plus there have also been reports claiming that Everton had declared that its squad was in isolation because of the disease.
Even though this is clearly not a time to be speculating about the season instead of the plight of affected throughout the world, Senior Premier League club sources have disclosed that there’s a 75% chance the current campaign won’t be completed.
Senior Premier League club source says 75% chance season won't be completed: “I can’t see any chance we'll be back in 3 weeks. This will go on for months. You even wonder about the start of next season. There are huge questions to answer. Does anybody get promoted or relegated?”
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) March 13, 2020
In spite of informing that the suspended matches will be rescheduled to finalise the season, the worsening situation might prove to be a concern to humankind for a larger period than currently expected. In such a scenario, it’s still unclear as to whether the current campaign would be continued or would the supporters witness the premiere of a new season instead.
In any case, UEFA had announced earlier that any Champions League and Europa League fixture which was supposed to kick off next week are postponed. Accordingly, with all big public events and gatherings restricted in the most affected countries, it’s widely expected to bring the contagious virus under control as soon as possible.