English clubs could be forced to play behind closed doors today

first_imgEnglish football clubs are set to take drastic measures to ensure the season is completed despite the coronavirus outbreak – with measures potentially being implemented today. Reports on Thursday morning revealed a set of wide-reaching plans underlined by holding matches behind closed doors. An empty Old Trafford could become a familiar sight on matchdays but lower-tier clubs are at the most risk from the loss of income Promoted Content14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever Made7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A VegetarianWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?Fantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyHow They Made Little Simba Look So Lifelike in ‘The Lion King’7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holes11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better Loading… Both the Premier League and Football League will ban fans from entering stadiums with pubs also prevented from showing games. According to The Times, the government will hold a meeting of its Cobra committee this morning where the official response to the global pandemic is expected to move from “contain” to “delay”. That will set in motion a crisis plan only allowing supporters to watch their team via live streams from their homes. Season ticket holders and individual match ticket holders are set to be able to stream matches in the top four tiers of English football. However broadcasters will try and avoid breaking the Saturday 3pm kick-off blackout currently enshrined in UK law, instead moving matches alongside each other in other timeslots across the weekend. And fans of clubs in the Championship, League One and League Two can connect via the iFollow service already set up across the divisions. Also implemented is a ban from players holding hands with mascots as they walk out onto the pitch. Daily Mail report on the Professional Footballers’ Association issuing a range of guidelines to stars including not drinking from the same water bottle or eating food in the dressing room. PUB PREVENTIONWith the number of coronavirus cases in the UK set to tip 500, the government will reportedly threaten to take away pub’s licenses if they ignore a fresh ban on showing matches. The prospect of fans cramming into a confined space to watch a match creates a major viral infection risk and thus match viewers are set to be restricted to watching from home. While the Champions League matches held at Valencia and Paris Saint-Germain took place behind closed doors in midweek, concerns were raised when large crowds of ultras instead gathered outside the stadium to try and support their team. The Premier League would be the last major division in Europe to take this measure after LaLiga, Bundesliga and Ligue 1 while the Belgian Cup final later this month is also off. Following the coronavirus diagnosis of a player from German second-tier team Hannover 96, league authorities are meeting to discuss scrapping their matches indefinitely. And Spanish media report a reluctance from LaLiga to halt play altogether but their resistance may not last long. TICK-ET OFFAmid calls for the league to be suspended altogether, given the loss of income for smaller clubs as much as the lack of fans at matches, the focus is believed to be completing the season. Premier League broadcasters reportedly hold large penalty clauses, adding up to hundreds of millions of pounds, should the fixture list not be fulfilled. Read Also: Just In: Ronaldo quarantined after Rugani’s positive coronavirus test For Football League teams, talks with government officials have taken place to determine what compensation can be claimed if matchday income is lost. A £30billion crisis fund was revealed by chancellor Rishi Sunak in his budget on Wednesday, but football may not find itself high up the pecking order for vital cash. Also on the minds of football bosses is the summer’s Euro 2020 tournament, kicking off 26 days after the Premier League season is due to end. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img

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