No Premier League Before July? Different Scenarios in Making

Gary Neville discusses the idea of a 9 day football festival to finish the EPL

As Covid-19 pandemic continues to bring daily lives to a standstill, football fans may have to wait a bit longer for the game to resume.

While earlier speculation was that the English leagues wouldn’t resume at least until April 30, recent developments have further cast a shadow on their future.

Neville voices his concerns

Gary Neville, former Manchester United and England defender, recently expressed that it is highly unlikely for the English Premier League to start before July or August.

In a TV interview with the CNN, Neville said:

I think at this moment in time it’s inconceivable that football will return for the next three to four months because of the fact that we’ve just been put essentially on a … lockdown.

With all major resources directed towards healthcare, hosting a football match is, understandably, not the main priority.

Almost all major leagues in Europe find themselves in a similar situation, having been suspended for the foreseeable future – Euro 2020 has even been moved to next year to allow for more time for other leagues to finish.

A nine-day football festival?

However, in another interview, this time with Sky Sports, the United defender was optimistic about the games going ahead.

He said that the Premier League bosses are determined to finish the 2019-20 season, and ways are being explored to achieve the same. One of these plans, as devised by Neville, entails playing back to back football every day for nine days.

A mega football bonanza, so to say.

This football festival will ensure that the season is concluded in 2-weeks.

As things stand, each team has roughly 9 games to play. In total, there are 92 games still left in the EPL season and to fit them after the crisis is over is a difficult ask for many reasons.

Firstly, it is not known how long the crisis will last. Secondly, the teams would prefer ending the season before the start of the next one, although the latter option is open too.

Is losing the season a possibility?

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin weighed in on the matter, recently saying that current football season could be lost if it isn’t restarted by the end of June.

He also mentioned that while the seasons can be concluded behind closed doors, the Champions League or Europa League finals should be played in front of fans.

Aleksander Ceferin on the future of European football for 2020

In an interview with the Italian newspaper La Republica, Ceferin said:

There is a plan A, B and C. The three options are to start again in mid-May, in June or at the end of June. There is also the possibility of starting again at the beginning of the next [season], starting the following one later. We will see the best solution for leagues and clubs.

England captain and Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane chimed in with Ceferin, saying that the league should be scrapped if it isn’t concluded by the end of June.

What comes Next?

Major stakeholders from all across the football leagues in Europe are in constant discussion over how to finish the season.

However, with major football countries like Spain, Italy, and France in lockdown stage, the wait is likely to be longer.

Thankfully, with the postponement of the Olympics and Euro to 2021, there is enough space in the calendar this season to accommodate the games.

All across the continent, teams have battled it out to be crowned as the champions, and they would like to see their efforts through – the same can be said for those of you who have put your hard-earned cash into Premier League betting.

We all hope for a solution very soon, but given the circumstances, we will likely have to wait before the action kicks off again.

 

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