May 9 should have been the moment that Liverpool FC lifted their first Premier League trophy and first Top Division title in over 30 years. Instead, players and fans were sat at home, unable to see friends and family and pondering whether any of us will see an end to the 19/20 Premier League season.
Leagues around the world have cancelled and prematurely ended their season, but still the Premier League has yet to announce a decision and this week will be seen as the most important week in which a decision must be made.
The solutions at this point are either to resume the season and finish the remaining games as soon as it is safe to do so; call off the end of the season with no winner, no European places determined and no relegation to the Championship; or to call it off a this point with current positions as final or even to implement a vote system between clubs to determine the final results.
There was no mention of professional sports during Boris Johnson’s COVID-19 announcement on Sunday evening. Today, Prem organisers will meet to work out whether “Project Restart” can go ahead at all.
It is expected certain professional athletes can return to training within the following week as long as they pass medical protocols. But things aren’t looking good so far as Brighton & Hove Albion have confirmed that three players have tested positive for the virus and are currently being placed in self-isolation for the recommended 14 days.
The premier League suspension is currently slated for May 13 but plans are hopeful to resume play in June with teams having nine fixtures remaining.
Voting to return to action will take place later in May and it is expected that all 20 clubs must vote in favour for the motion to be adopted.