Revealed – Secret plan prepared by Premier League clubs to finish the season


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The English top-flight has been suspended indefinitely due to coronavirus crisis

After the cases of coronavirus started multiplying in the country, the Premier League had announced the suspension of the top-flight until April 3 last week.

After UEFA moved forward EURO 2020 by one year to give domestic leagues ample time to finish the ongoing campaigns, several Premier League teams have come up with a plan which would see the 2019/20 reach its conclusion.

There are 92 games still to be played in the English top-flight, with Champions League, Europa League and relegation places still up for grabs. Though the situation at the top of the table is pretty much resolved as leaders Liverpool need only two victories to be crowned champions.

At the wrong end of the Premier League table, only six points separate Norwich, who are 20th, from 17th-placed Watford. Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth might still be occupying the final relegation spot but they are level on points with West Ham who are two places higher than the Cherries in the table.

A similar competition was still ongoing for the Champions League places before the coronavirus pandemic brought football to a halt last week. Fourth-placed Chelsea are separated by only five points from Sheffield three places below them, whereas Tottenham and Arsenal, who are 8th and 9th respectively, still harbor hopes of turning their season around.

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Secret plan to finish the Premier League season

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According to a report by The Sun, the of the English top-flight are going to be advised by several top-flight clubs to organize the remaining 92 games at neutral venues behind closed doors.

Such an arrangement, the report claims, will allow the holding of games on separate times, thereby allowing the likes of Sky and BT Sport to broadcast them live to their subscribers.

This proposal which is kept under wraps will be put up by a section of Prem clubs during the next Premier League meeting scheduled to be held tomorrow (Thursday).

It would most likely mean that two or three grounds, most probably in the Midlands, hosting the remainder of the games.

Two games every three days

The plan proposed by a section of the clubs further proposes that to finish the season within the UEFA mandated deadline, clubs should be asked to play every three days.

Usage of neutral venues would help the clubs stopping home fans from turning up at stadiums, as happened outside the Parc des Princes where Paris Saint-Germain defeated Borussia Dortmund in the 2nd leg of their R16 clash last week.

Also, since the number of venues would remain limited, it would trim the number of police personnel and medical staff required on match duty. It is also mooted that with the help of the ground staff, grounds would be prepared to host more than one game a day.

Apart from the pressure from the fans to finish the season, Premier League clubs are also facing the heat from Sky Sports and BT Sport. The English top-flight faces a gigantic £ 750m fine if Coronavirus ends the season without the remainder of the games being played.

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