Members from all 20 Premier League clubs will share a conference call on Friday to discuss £762m plans to complete the league season behind closed doors – and that could have a big impact on Stoke City ‘s finances.
That is according to a report by Mail Online who claim to reveal ambitious plans that will see the league season resume in May.
The EFL and Premier League have both in the past, via statements from themselves and the FA, have promised to align their plans meaning any decision on Friday could have repercussions throughout the top four professional divisions.
The National League, who commend the top three divisions of English football’s non-league, have already deemed their season null-and-void meaning no sides will be relegated or promoted – despite an open-letter, signed by 60 non-league sides, asking them to reverse their decision.
Should the same decision be made in the top four divisions, Liverpool would not be crowned champions despite their 25-point lead and 30-year wait for title success.
West Bromwich Albion and Leeds United would also miss out on promotion to the top flight and with that the lucrative prize money that follows each season.
While the Premier League are keen to avoid this nightmare, their main concern currently is a £762m rebate that television rights holders, who forked out upwards of £3b in the summer to secure broadcast rights to bring all the action into our living rooms, could demand should the season be cancelled.
That £762m of combined income, now under threat, is not divided equally amongst teams and is instead offered out on league finishing position and would range from £57m for the Premier League winners to £20m for the team who finish bottom – huge sums of money that would help to pay the lucrative wages of their players.
However, that plan would do little to help EFL clubs, like the Potters, who simply cannot afford to play their fixtures behind closed doors.
The EFL jumped to help struggling lower league clubs earlier this month via a £50m relief-package that saw each and every Championship club land an £800,000 slice of the pie.
That has helped them pay wages for now, but with no matchday income, it is predicted that the money will last only until the end of April.