Stoke City’s season could be cancelled if the suspension imposed by the English Football League (EFL), extends past the original April 3 date.
The EFL decided to postpone fixtures through to the beginning of April as the country to continues to combat the threat posed by the coronavirus.
That has seen Stoke’s matches against Reading, Middlesbrough and Wigan Athletic postponed for now with play due to resume at the beginning of April.
However, there are very real fears that the season could well restart after the beginning of April as the country battles the spread of COVID-19.
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That could, according to sports lawyer Richard Cramer, result in the cancellation of the 2019-20 season.
Michael O’Neill’s Potters are currently in 17th, three points clear of the relegation zone after a season battling the drop.
Four matches unbeaten – including a 5-1 hammering of Hull City last time out – have allayed fears of relegation but it is still tight at the foot of the table with only three points separating six teams from 22nd and Stoke.
“If we get the games going at the beginning of April then we should be all right,” Cramer told Sky Sports .
“But if we go into May or June then it’s inevitable – almost the equivalent of what happened in the World Wars.
“The season just has to be cancelled and started all over again.
“It’s obviously devastating for the likes of Leeds United and West Brom.
“Both of those clubs are on the verge of promotion, it’s not a great thought but they’ll just have to abide by what the majority say and what decision is made by the board of directors.”