The 2019/2020 premier league season has been thrown into chaos with the emergence of the coronavirus pandemic. This pandemic has brought everything to a halt. Businesses, Education, and Sports have been all affected somehow. It is sports however, that has suffered the most damage with everything brought to an abrupt halt. FIFA, UEFA, Countries, and their FA’s have no idea what to do. They have no idea how to deal with this event.
Some of the countries and FA’s have canceled their league season mostly due to the decision of their countries’ leaders. Netherland was the first to cancel its 2019/2020 Eredivisie season. In their decision they chose to scrap everything and start afresh. So, no teams were relegated or promoted. Just yesterday too, the France Football Federation (FFF) canceled its 2019/2020 Ligue 1 season. They declared PSG champions and relegated Amiens and Toulouse. The question on everyone’s lip is will England do the same like Netherland or France? We bring you 6 options they could choose from eventually.
DECLARE WINNERS AND LOSERS BASED ON CURRENT STANDINGS.
England and the English FA could follow the lead of the France Football Federation and end the 2019/2020 season. One of the options the English FA has at its disposal is to end the season prematurely and have teams promoted or relegated based on their current standings. That will mean Liverpool to be crowned champions while Man City, Leicester, and Chelsea qualify for the 2020/2021 champions league. It will also mean Bournemouth, Aston Villa and Norwich be relegated. That may seem harsh or cruel but desperate times call for desperate measures.
DECLARE THE 2019/2020 PREMIER LEAGUE SEASON NULL AND VOID.
Another option the English FA can choose is to declare the 2019/2020 season null and void. This means everything that happened in this season will not be taken into account. There will be no promotions from the championship or relegation from the league and no title winners as well. You can read more about what will happen when the 2019/2020 football season is declared null and void by clicking on this highlighted text. The Netherland FA has already set an example for the English FA to follow.
CONCLUDE THE 2019/2020 PREMIER LEAGUE SEASON BEHIND CLOSED DOORS.
The English FA could also conclude the 2019/2020 season using this approach. They could do this by playing the remaining 92 matches behind closed doors (without fans in attendance). This will also mean there will be minimal backroom staff for the various teams and few media presence. To use this approach the matches, have to be played in a tightly packed schedule. Injuries might occur more frequently as a result of this approach but something has to give for the season to be completed.
CONCLUDE THE 2019/2020 PREMIER LEAGUE SEASON ABROAD.
This is another viable and realistic alternative. The season could be played in say Qatar, Belarus, or any of the countries less affected or completely not affected by the coronavirus pandemic. These environments are considered safe and will decrease or eliminate the players’ chances of contracting the virus, something the FA and players have been worried about. But to do this the players from all the teams and their entourage have to be screened before they are flown abroad.
EXTEND THE 2019/2020 PREMIER LEAGUE SEASON INDEFINITELY.
This is another option the English FA has. They could keep postponing the league until it is safe to do so. However, should the virus show no sign of being abated and it continues on its trajectory then this option might not seem viable in the long run? That is the case because the new season starts on August 8. The players might like this approach but they could be seriously out of form by the time the season resume.
CONCLUDE THE 2019/2020 PREMIER LEAGUE SEASON IN A QUARANTINE CAMP.
This is the last of the 6 options the English FA can choose from. This approach necessitates that the FA arrange a few venues in less affected parts of the country to host all the 92 matches. There will be no home advantage as the teams will have to play away from their home grounds and fans. Also, the players have to be camped in local hotels in the area and media presence has to be minimized as well.
The English FA could choose any one of the options above to conclude the 2019/2020 premier league season. The players, media, fans, team owners, and the FA themselves might not be happy with any of the options that will be chosen. But if the season will end and for everything to return and resemble something close to normal then sacrifices have to be made.
YOUR COMMENTS AND OPINIONS.
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