Premier League Meets to Decide ‘What Next’ for the 2019/20 Season

  • The Covid-19 pandemic led to a postponement of the Premier League until April 4
  • The meeting brings together all Premier League Heads for the Thursday meeting

The Premier League Heads are set for a meeting today to discuss the fate of the season having postponed all matches until April 4.

The meeting – that will be done through a video conference will make a clear decision on if and when the season is resumed.

While speculations and opinions continue to be floated by various sports pundits and former players, the meeting will provide a clear and final approach to how the rest of the season will run.

Last Saturday, West Ham United vice-chair Karren Brady called for the football season to be declared ‘null and void’.

“There is no dodging the possibility that all levels of EFL (English Football League), as well as the Premier League, will have to be cancelled and this season declared null and void because if the players can’t play, the games can’t go ahead”

Her sentiments could be based on the fact that West Ham are 16th in the Premier League table with 27 points, and outside of the relegation zone only on goal difference.

Euro 2020 has been postponed

On Tuesday, UEFA ruled to postpone the tournament that was set to take place this summer. UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin made the announcement after a meeting that involved 55 European National Associations as well as representatives of the European Club Association, European leagues and FIFPro Europe in an attempt to find a suitable plan amidst the crisis caused by the spread of the virus both in Europe and in the world.

 

Euro 2020 was scheduled to take place in 12 cities across Europe from 12 June to 12 July 2020. The proposed new dates are 11 June to July 2021.

The Meeting

The meeting will be a videoconference where chiefs and heads from all 20 Premier League clubs are expected to participate.

The conference will be chaired by new Premier League chief executive Richard Masters. Appointed in December after a rigorous exercise, he will be required to provide the final word in the meeting with a tense responsibility of ensuring that the 20 Premier League clubs are content with whichever decision.

Potential Decision

While Liverpool chief executive officer Peter Moore may be inclined to vote for a decision to allow the season to continue, his team’s hopes and dreams will be hinged on what the other teams opt for.

Considering that the league works in a democratic fashion, this decision will be made in consideration of all the teams – this means that for any verdict to be made, 14 clubs (two-thirds of the league’s composition) have to agree on it.  

Any decision, however, will be made with the players’ and fans’ well-being in mind.

As we await the decision, the chances of the Reds missing out on the coveted trophy is something that particular clubs in the north-west of England will be on pins and needles for.