Stoke City plan for July fixture restart as FA near coronavirus resolution


The FA, the Premier League and the EFL are currently setting out plans to finish the 2019/20 campaign behind closed doors over a period of four to six weeks starting in July, according to football.london.

A firm emphasis has been placed on the season finishing by football bosses and therefore avoiding the potential ramifications of an unfinished competition, including big money being lost in revenue for clubs.

This would mean that Stoke City’s campaign would take place without supporters, in a bid to finish the season in the safest manner possible.

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The UK is currently under a lockdown, as imposed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday evening, and that is not set to end, at the earliest, until April 13, meaning clubs are still well over a fortnight away from getting the chance to get their players back together and resuming training.

But with the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak only expected to worsen in the coming weeks in the UK, no guarantees of training resuming by mid-April can be assured.

The season, of course, has been postponed until April 30, at the earliest, though that restart date seems somewhat premature because of the severity of the coronavirus outbreak.

Football.london claim that they have been told by some of London’s Premier League clubs, who have not been named, that a firm proposal is yet to have been presented to them, as it is impossible to predict when this crisis, at such a level it’s currently, will come to an end.

A vast majority of clubs in England are desperate for the season to be allowed to reach a natural conclusion, as promotions, relegations and a whole host of other factors are yet to be decided.

Football.london also claim that a conference call has been scheduled for today [Saturday] between the FA, the Premier League and the EFL to discuss what needs to be done to allow the season to reach a conclusion, with the plan presenting the idea of trying complete the season in July behind closed doors, unless the situation worsens across the country.

Should the season be concluded in July, it means that clubs will have next to no time to rest and thrash out their plans for the 2020/21 campaign, with that poised to get underway in early August.

However, some allowances could be permitted to try and help players and clubs cope with what would be an extended 2020/21 season.





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