It seems impossible that a week ago yesterday Liverpool and Atletico Madrid were locked in an epic, 120-minute battle. It’s been a long week.
Since then, everything football related has been put on hold as the world holds its breath and waits to see how bad the COVID-19 pandemic will get. After calling off matches until April 4th last week, the Premier League scheduled another emergency meeting today with representatives from all 20 clubs.
It is unlikely that answers to the most pressing questions will be reached, but earliest reports from Sky Sports indicate that there is a widespread acknowledgement of the need to finish the current season. That’s the good news.
The bad news is that there’s also a widespread acknowledgement that April 4th is far too optimistic for a return date.
“What they are discussing is the clear desire to get Premier League season finished,” Paul Gilmour of Sky Sports is reporting. “Majority of clubs are keen to do so.
“It is worth pointing out nothing will be decided today. We expect more talks in the coming weeks.
“One thing that might be decided today is widespread acceptance that April 4 is ambitious. No Premier League football is expected for next month at least.”
As of the time of this publication, the meeting is still ongoing and is expected to continue for several more hours.
However, the leaks coming out of the meeting so far indicate a growing consensus that the season needs to be completed. Of course, there are too many unknowns at this point for any of us—including the Premier League—to plan too far ahead.
At the very least, it seems unlikely at this juncture that this season will be declared “null and void.”