Force majeure. It's all over the sport. The only certain thing is that the fans will ultimately be the ones that are screwed over.
Behind a paywall so I can’t read it but the opening suggests all the tv money won’t be forthcoming. That could fuck over a lot of clubs who are very dependent on it.
Karma for us being left out when we finished 4th and missed out.I think voiding the season is firmly on the table and not pie in the sky at all. Based on what the government has been saying this could well go on for months. I don't see the whole football world picking this season up where it left off should the suspension continue until say August. That would be a massive upheaval that would take many seasons to recover from schedule wise. It would also make fitting the European Championships a real struggle to fit in.
The more I think of it the more voiding the season seems the tidiest. Initially I was in the camp of just stopping the season wherever it ends but in many ways once you take the formality of Liverpool out of the question it would be pretty unfair everywhere else.
The only way to avoid voiding the league IMO is if all the games can be completed in time before the 6-week mandatory break that I believe the players require, so realistically before the end of June or July at the latest (even this would lead to a 1-2 month late start of the league). Even finishing behind closed doors brings up issues with a level playing field, which could be argued as the difference between relegation and CL qualification if the final margins are fine.
Us getting CL qualification out of the league being voided is a different story altogether as there is no precedent. The PL could go down the route of using last year's 4 with Leicester coming in for City should they be banned, again that would probably be the neatest, if not necessarily the fairest (it would be an absolute robbery on our part).
I like it.If the season cannot be completed then personally I think the fairest thing would be to have the same teams who qualified for the Champions League last season automatically qualify again but the PL rolls over to next season in terms of points.
So there would be no teams relegated or promoted, but the season so far wouldn't be for nothing. Liverpool won't have won the league but they will start with a massive points advantage running into next season.