The Premier League season could start again in July with clubs discussing the possibility of playing up to five games a day in an attempt to complete the campaign.
The plans, conducted by the Indipendents, would have seen isolated fields in the Midlands and London host the games behind closed doors and would allow all 92 remaining games to be broadcast.
Although the Premier League wants to work in the shortest amount of time, they will wait until the “curve” of the coronavirus is “flattened” in the UK before starting again. Hopefully this may be in June, perhaps July.
Talks are still at an early stage, but with the pandemic “peak” expected in two weeks in the UK, it is hoped that there will be enough time after the season can start again in about three months.
Premier League clubs could lose millions of dollars on television if the season isn’t over, while the club is worried about damaging its reputation if, for example, Liverpool doesn’t claim the title.
In order to implement the plans, all teams would have to be quarantined in “camps” after testing for the disease and would be denied contact with family and friends until the end of the season.
It is hoped at this point that tests for the disease have been so widespread that the government will be able to ease some of the blocking measures introduced in the past two weeks.
However, in the last few days there have been growing requests for cancellation of the season and plans come when the deputy chief medical officer in England warned the country to face up to six months in some form of blockade.
“We actually expect our numbers to get worse over the next week, maybe two, and so we’re looking to see if we’ve managed to push that curve down and start seeing a decline,” he said.
‘This does not mean that we will be in complete blockade for six months, but as a nation we must be truly, truly responsible and continue to do what we are all doing until we are sure that we can gradually start lifting various interventions that are likely to be spaced, based on science and our data, until we gradually return to a normal way of life. “