Coronavirus has affected all sports in the last few weeks and today, Euro 2020 has been postponed for a year. Six nations games have been postponed due to Coronavirus and all major leagues in the football world have been suspended. This also goes for the NBA and NHL.
The impact by Coronavirus on the Premier League has been largely discussed, will it be held null and void? Will they carry on in September?
There have been many different solutions suggested as to how the Premier League and other leagues can manage amid this global coronavirus pandemic.
One of the biggest cause for debate was Karren Brady, who publicly stated that the season should be held null and void. This is from someone who owns a team near the relegation zone.
Liverpool fans such as myself and Leeds fans are in constant panic mode over what will happen to the rest of the season. If the season was held null and void, they potentially would not be allowed to win their leagues.
This would seem harsh on both sides. Liverpool have been waiting thirty years for a league title and are currently 25 points clear of second place Manchester City with nine games left.
Leeds have been out of the top flight since 2004, even going down to the third tier. Last year they were close and missed out in the play offs and this year seemed the year that they would finally end that wait.
Teams such as West Brom, Coventry, Crewe and Swindon will also want the league to be continued but teams such as Norwich, Aston Villa and Southend will be very happy for the season to be held null and void.
Going outside of the UK, Lazio are just one point behind Juventus in Serie A and teams like Dortmund and Leipzig are close to Bayern Munich and would also be outraged if the season was cancelled.
There has to be a way for everyone to be happy, with a lot of opinions being based on how this affects their team alone.
I have spoken to many football fans about this and the majority want the season to be finished, mainly for fairness and justice – even the Manchester United fans I’ve spoken to agree.
Even as a Liverpool fan, there is a way that mostly everyone will be happily with and one which is the most fair solution.
Say if the leagues cannot be played until July or August, leagues could simply carry on from where they left off. This also gives fans something to be excited about rather than it be the start of the season again, which can sometimes take a few months to get going.
People could argue, what happens to the following season?
If the players have had months off due to the virus then they could simply just start the new season a week or two after the one seasons ends to accommodate the long absence.
If teams want that separation between seasons then the Euro 2020 postponement helps. Teams could finish the season in June and July and then start the new season in October.
If teams are worried about the fixtures finishing on time if it starts in October, then there could simply be more midweek games to accommodate this.
Theres the risk of burnout or more injuries but surely that is better than cancelling a whole season? Unless you’re a West Ham or Bournemouth fan of course.
The leagues around the world need to be prepared for this fixture congestion at some point with the 2022 World Cup taking place in Winter.
Nobody knows what will happen to the rest of the football league season’s until further notice but the general consensus appears to be that most want the league to be finished, whether that be in May, July or October and it would be unfair on so many teams to have leagues around the world held null and void.