Premier League to make decision over Liverpool title if coronavirus ends season
Premier League chiefs may hold talks in the coming days over whether the 2019/20 season will be scrapped due to coronavirus fears, potentially putting Liverpool’s impending title in doubt.
Due to the nature of how they bring vast numbers of people together inside a small space, there is a worry that sporting events across the globe may not be in the best interest of the public as Covid-19 continues to spread.
Liverpool are currently just 12 points away from securing their first long-awaited Premier League title.
But in a worst case scenario, safety measures could see fixtures being postponed for as long as two months, leaving the league short of time to complete the season.
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That could leave the clubs and the Premier League to hold talks over whether this season should be wiped or whether to stick with the currently accumulated points towards the title, with the rest of the fixtures for the term still in doubt.
The Premier League is still waiting to hear from the Government whether taking action will be necessary.
The start of the Chinese Super League has been pushed back indefinitely, with the initial outbreak happening in Wuhan in the west of the country.
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Some matches in Italy’s Serie A were postponed last weekend due to the north of the country being heavily affected by the illness; 21 people have died in the country.
There have also been games played behind closed doors in Italy, with the second leg of Inter Milan’s Europa League clash against Ludogorets taking place inside an empty San Siro on Thursday.
Five Serie A matches will also be played behind closed doors this weekend, including Juventus vs Inter Milan.
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Uefa executive committee member Michelle Uva insisted the governing body was yet to make any decisions on how coronavirus will affect the footballing calendar for the rest of the year, as well as Euro 2020 in the summer.
“We are at the waiting stage,” Uva said. “We are monitoring country by country, and football must follow the orders of the individual countries.
“The sporting path will only be closed if the situation gets worse.”
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