Obviously, with the development of the epidemic, the current situation of football is constantly changing. So what is the prospect of all levels of England including the Premier League? Can the rest of the season be completed?
The vast majority of clubs believe that managers should complete the schedule after the suspension of the schedule, because the risk of not completing the season is too great, especially some of the English Championship teams hope to upgrade the Premier League through this season's efforts.
With the current calendar, it is impossible for the league to end as scheduled. However, it is now widely rumored that the 2020 European Cup will be postponed by one year, so this is expected to make the league complete in June and July. However, there is considerable uncertainty, because the public health department of the British government is starting to delay and suppress the peak of the epidemic, then this means that the time to control the epidemic will be extended. Some veterans in the football field believe that taking into account the latest WHO guidelines, the idea that the league can end smoothly is just wishful thinking.
This requires a huge question mark. It is meaningless to make any relevant decisions now, because we may see a completely different situation in a month. Managers will weigh all relevant issues in the next few weeks, and the final decision may be made in April.
There is no explanation for this situation in the current Premier League rules, so the final result is still uncertain. In the current situation, the official may determine the final ranking based on the current league standings. There is also another possibility, completely abandoning this season's ranking, that is, there is no championship and no relegation results. Of course, the latter is unlikely, because most clubs do not want to completely abandon this season.
If managers prevent them from upgrading, then they will not sit back and wait for any relevant decisions. If so, then a series of related lawsuits can be expected.
There are several related options, and the Italian side is already considering specific solutions. They encountered the large-scale spread of the new crown virus two weeks before the UK was facing the epidemic crisis. There are three main options:
1. According to the existing league rankings to determine the relegation, league champion and Champions League seat ownership.
2. Develop a knockout game plan to determine the champion, promotion and relegation ownership.
3. Announce the results of the entire season as invalid and the existing rankings are invalid.
The European competition seems to be facing greater risks, but UEFA is seeking to reduce the two rounds of knockout matches to one round. The European game may be held in June or July.
This is where the Premier League and UEFA are very worried. Broadcasters around the world will spend about 3 billion pounds for the Premier League broadcast rights each season, and UEFA also receives 1.5 billion pounds for the UEFA Champions League broadcast rights each season. Some insiders believe that once the event cannot be completed in accordance with the schedule, some broadcasters may refuse to pay in the name of breach of contract. If UEFA shortens the subsequent UEFA Champions League knockout round from two rounds to one round, broadcasters will also seek compensation for the reduction in matches.
Although no final decision has been made yet, judging from the current situation, it is likely to be postponed to June 2021. Such an arrangement would conflict with the Club World Cup that FIFA plans to restructure, but the latter may be postponed due to such a decision. After all, the European Cup is a traditional and considerable intercontinental event. If the European Cup is postponed for one year, then this may also conflict with the Women's European Cup held in England in 2021, but the latter will start on July 7th, so the European Cup may be for the women's European Cup. Compressing the schedule, it is also possible that the Women's European Cup will be moved to June 2022-because the 2022 Qatar World Cup will be held in the winter.
Over time, this possibility is declining. Even UEFA executives had to accept that postponement was the only option they faced.
There is no doubt that clubs will give priority to the Premier League-most contracts are accompanied by force majeure clauses, and this situation is beyond the control of the clubs.
Today, the French Open’s calendar is still held in late May, but it is obviously very risky, and Wimbledon can wait for a period of evaluation before making a final decision. This is the same for the Tokyo Olympics originally scheduled for July; it is too early to determine the situation in two months, let alone four months.
If the schedule is postponed, then even if the players and the club want to part ways after the season, the two sides can also reach a short-term contract for a few weeks to end the season.