Four things that could happen this summer because of league suspension

The Premier League has now been suspended as the world tries to contain the spread of the coronavirus

The virus is spreading fast and looks set to do even more damage. Now that UEFA has announced the postponement of the Euros until next year, there is a high likelihood that this season will be finished no matter how long the lockdown lasts. Here are some things that may yet happen:

Transfer window delayed

The transfer window would have to be changed perhaps forever, the window is usually between June and August, but this outbreak would likely make the season run into June and that would mean that the transfer window would have to come later.

You simply can not have a situation where a team signs a player that then helps them avoid relegation or land a European spot, it would damage the integrity of the competition.

FA Cup played as a mini-tournament over 7-10 days

The FA Cup is one of several other cup competitions that would have to be played this season and the possibility of the competition going on, as usual, is very slim.

I think the FA would come up with a solution like a mini-tournament that would last up to ten days.

Financial fair play suspended for a year

This pandemic would have also affected the financial side of the game and I expect that the FFP would be suspended as the world recovers from more serious damage.

Arsenal should be able to spend even more money in the summer if FFP regulations are suspended for a year.

If played behind closed doors, football free to air and not via subscription

With the Governing bodies struggling with how the season would go on, there is a strong possibility of the season being finished behind closed doors.

If that happens, I foresee the remaining season played on TV and online free to air and fans won’t have to worry about subscriptions to watch the games, otherwise, it is an invite for fans to gather in pubs and outside the stadium.

Free to air football would keep fans at home.

3 Comments

  1. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin says:

    No one as the coronovirus pandemic outbreak rages on unabated can actually say what will finally happen in professional football in Europe football with no exception to the remaining Premier League matches that have not been played where all eyes and minds are to see if the League matches are finally going to be concluded which if it does could lead to Liverpool FC lift the PL title trophy for the first ever in their history. And Arsenal could likely get a top-four place finish or alternatively get another Europa League spot again to remain in European competition next season.

    However, personally I would rather see the remaining PL League matches cancelled that will forfeit Liverpool looking unassailable 25 points lead on the table to leave every team in a position of no victor no vanquished situation. But use the League standings of last season’s campaign as the format to start the 2019-2020 season campaign afresh in the competitions of the PL and FA Cup. Dam it, Man city have already won this season’s Carabao Cup. But if they lost their appeal at CAS against the Uefa ban that banned them for breaching the FTP financial rules, I think Aston Villa who played in the Carabao Cup final against Man City this season should in play in the ELC competition next season. But having they already qualified to play in the ELC competition next season by virtue of their playing inthe final as Man City who played against will finish as runners up in the PL? I think I’ve rant enough for now.

  2. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin says:

    No one as the coronovirus pandemic outbreak rages on unabated can actually say what will finally happen in professional football in Europe football with no exception to the remaining Premier League matches that have not been played where all eyes and minds are to see if the League matches are finally going to be concluded which if it does could lead to Liverpool FC lift the PL title trophy for the first time ever in their history. And Arsenal could likely get a top-four place finish or alternatively get another Europa League spot again to remain in European competition next season.

    However, personally I would rather see the remaining PL League matches cancelled that will forfeit Liverpool looking unassailable 25 points lead on the table to leave every team in a position of no victor no vanquished situation. But use the League standings of last season’s campaign as the format to start the 2019-2020 for 2020-2021 season’s campaign afresh in the competitions of the PL and FA Cup. Dam it, Man city have already won this season’s Carabao Cup. But if they lost their appeal at CAS against the Uefa ban that banned them for breaching the FFP rules, I think Aston Villa who played in the Carabao Cup final against them this season should play in the ELC competition next season. But having they already qualified to play in the ELC competition next season by virtue of their playing in the final as Man City who played against them will finish as runners up in the PL? I think I’ve rant enough for now.

  3. Phil says:

    Samuel – I totally agree with your last sentence

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