Coronavirus puts Premier League in jeopardy according to FA chief

Coronavirus puts Premier League in jeopardy according to FA chief

- The English Premier League may not finish due to the coronavirus

- An emergency meeting on Friday decided to suspend the league until April

- The chairman of the FA does not believe that the season should continue

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Greg Clarke, the chairman of the Football Association has revealed that the domestic football season will end prematurely due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Premier League suspended all their matches including English Football League, FA Women's Super League and Women's Championship. This decision was taken during an emergency meeting on Friday.

"It was unanimously decided to suspend the Premier League with the intention of returning on 4 April, subject to medical advice and conditions at the time," the Premier League said in a statement.

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Briefly.co.za learned that Clarke said that he did not believe that it was worth completing the season under the current conditions. The predicted peak of the virus is a few weeks away and this would make an early April restart unlikely.

The Times had reported that Brighton and Hove Albion chief executive Paul Barber were also not convinced that the temporary suspension would be enough.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi had tested positive for the disease which prompted the emergency meeting and the subsequent suspension.

"Feeling better already," Arteta tweeted. "We're all facing a huge & unprecedented challenge. Everyone's health is all that matters right now."

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Liverpool was set to win the Premier League with 25 points ahead on the log.

Football clubs are set to take a massive financial blow if the season does not finish.

One senior figure in broadcasting told the Times: "The commercial reality for the Premier League and (European governing body) Uefa is that if they don't complete their seasons then they are in breach of their broadcasting contracts.
"You would have broadcasters from all around the world saying, 'In that case, we are not paying for the season.' For the Premier League, you are talking around £3 billion income a year from overseas and domestic TV rights. There would also be financial implications if the competitions were squeezed so fewer matches were played."

The Premier League clubs are planning a holding a meeting next Thursday to discuss the position going forward.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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