On Friday football basically shut down and the ramifications of it doing so may last for years to come.
Liverpool, twenty plus points ahead of their nearest rivals denied the title they craved for thirty years and Leeds United and West Bromwich Albion could be denied a place in the Premiership.
All the leagues that have suspended football.
Many have already spoken about making this season ‘null and void’ with the season cast and fans left only with fond memories of this season and what could been. It seems the ones voicing this opinion are the ones who’s Premier League future is currently under threat(Karen Brady)or attention seekers who like to get their names(Pierce Morgan)in the media all the time.
It could be a ‘false alarm’ with games now only, for the time being suspended until the 3rd of April, ironically the day when Leeds are supposed to be travelling to Lancashire to play Blackburn Rovers. If play is not resumed on this day it would seriously put the 2019/20 season in doubt.
There is a meeting of UEFA on Tuesday that may clear the air by deciding that Euro 2020 is put back one year to accommodate a late finish of this current season, which would carry on through May and possibly into June. This would at least give clubs a little ‘wriggle room’ to play the games missed and finish the season.
I’ve an idea, but it may not to be to all people’s liking. The games suspended until a date it resumes all teams are given one point and then carry on so that issues like promotion and relegation are concluded in the normal way.
Another idea, I’m not so keen on(but I’ll put it out there)is the bottom three of the Premier play the top three of the Championship to determine who plays in the Premier League in a one-legged game, this could also be used in promotion and relegation in the other leagues. It’s not perfect but nothing will be if the season ends with last weekends fixtures being the last games played.
There is a FA Cup final, a Europa League Final and a Champions League final to decide and we are only in the quarter finals of each competition. That’s a lot of football to be played and that’s also without another interruption, which they may well be.
It is hoped that we come out of this season with a successful outcome and without clubs having to fight their ‘corners’ in the courts and leave the fans with broken dreams.
Stay safe boys and girls!
By Keith Ingham