Premier league remains suspended as the world continues to fight against coronavirus pandemic that has brought the whole planet to a screeching halt.Amid such precarious and never-seen-before circumstances, when every country’s first target is to bring the economy back to the level of functioning, sports can take a back seat. But the Premier League is not ordinary.
The most popular football league, Premier League generates revenue in billions for the English economy and Dream11 match prediction. The financial motivation is a big reason why Premier League wants to complete the current season, but other than money, there is a lot riding for every club involved, and none bigger than Liverpool, who are only a couple of wins away from winning their first-ever Premier League title, while the top-four and relegation, places are far from decided.
The recent developments are a ray of hope that the season may be salvaged. According to reports, Premier League may organize a seven-week ‘football festival’ in the month of June, if everything goes to plans. But there’s a catch.
UEFA have given every major league in Europe an ultimatum that the current season must finish by August 2, to not ‘greatly’ affect the start of the new season. That means the Premier League has to start by June 19 to meet UEFA’s demands.
Is Premier League resumption possible?
Some English football clubs are back in training, holding small group sessions than normal, while players are complying with the strict social distancing guidelines.There are also reports that Premier League may opt for “World Cup” style isolated camps, with games set to be played behind closed doors.
The players’ safety remains a major concern. After such a long gap, players won’t be at their 100% fitness level, and avoiding injuries when forced to play a lot of games during a short span will be a real issue for the assorted staffs, while the threat of coronavirus remains in the open.
Another major issue is regarding the fans. It’s a foregone conclusion that even if the games are played behind closed doors, fans may congregate outside the stadium, just like Ultras did during PSG’s home game against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.
Premier League’s lateststatement
“At a meeting of Premier League Shareholders today, clubs discussed possible steps towards planning to resume the 2019/20 season, when it is safe and appropriate to do so.
“It was reiterated that the thoughts of all are with those directly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. “Furthermore, the Premier League’s priority is the health and safety of players, coaches, managers, club staff, supporters and the wider community.
“The League and clubs are considering the first tentative moves forward and will only return to training and playing with Government guidance, under expert medical advice and after consultation with players and managers
“The League welcomed the creation of the Government medical working group for a return of elite sport, which met for the first time this morning.”
It’s clear that even if Premier League clubs agree on resuming the season, the final call rest with England’s National Health Service (NHS).Reports suggest that NHS will take into consideration that its fight against coronavirus, in any situation, should not be compromised at all.
A lot will also depend on whether the government extend the current lockdown in the country, which is the most real possibility considering the current pandemic situation in England.