The Sun’s Alan Nixon has an exclusive report on what the Premier League may be planning to get this season finished.
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The EPL has a second emergency meeting planned for Thursday. This meeting was scheduled to respond to any decisions UEFA was going to make in their conference held yesterday.
As reported on Tuesday, UEFA announced that the European Championships would be moved to 2021 partly to allow domestic leagues time to finish their campaigns.
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin recently said the following about the domestic leagues:
“We all know this terrible virus that is all across Europe has made football and all life in Europe quite impossible. We knew we had to stop the competitions.
“I’ve also heard again fake news UEFA will advise leagues to finish the championships now and decide that the winners are the ones who are number one.
“I can say that it’s not true. Our goal is to finish the leagues.”
According to Nixon in the Sun, some clubs have teamed up and developed a radical proposal to present to the Premier League. The plan involves playing all 92 remaining games behind closed doors at three neutral stadiums.
The aggressive proposal would have clubs playing every three days to expedite this season. Each stadium could also have multiple matches played on the same day. All matches would be broadcast live on television.
As of right now, there appears to be a lot of resolution to complete this season. So it’ll be very interesting to see what comes out of tomorrow’s EPL meeting.
We’re not sure where that meeting will leave the FA Cup. Earlier today, FA chief Mark Bullingham made the following comments about the cup competition:
“Clearly from our point of view, the FA Cup is incredibly important.
“We are taking the priority being that, whenever football can be played again, to complete the domestic season, we are talking about both the League and the FA Cup.”
We expect every avenue to be explored so that if it becomes possible to safely complete the season, that can be done efficiently.
We still don’t know the full scope of what we’re dealing with. Until that becomes clear, it could be best to plan for all eventualities.