Premier League refuse to deny Liverpool could miss out on title because of coronavirus


The Premier League have had discussions about the future of this season amid the spread of the coronavirus and are monitoring the situation. However, they have not yet decided what will happen with the standings, therefore refusing to rule out whether or not Liverpool will be denied the title.

Liverpool only need four more wins to be crowned English champions for the first time since 1990 thanks to a 22-point advantage over second-placed Manchester City.

That means if both teams win all of their upcoming matches, Liverpool can officially win the league at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday March 21.

But there is a worry the campaign could be curtailed by the outbreak of COVID-19, as the coronavirus has been named by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

It has been suggested the UK government could order the cancellation of sporting events for more than two months – which would deny the possibility of matches simply being played at a later date.

The Daily Telegraph reported that Liverpool would not necessarily be guaranteed the status of champions if the season was brought to a premature end.

The three relegation-threatened teams could also survive the drop, with no regulations in place in the Premier League Handbook to react to such a scenario, while there would be uncertainty around the European qualification spots.

The Liverpool Echo contacted the Premier League and were told that the governing body would consider all options if the season had to be brought to an early end.

It is claimed there are a vast range of potential solutions and that it is still a hypothetical scenario as things stand.

However, the Premier League’s powerbrokers have held discussions as leagues across Europe begin to react to the quickly-spreading virus.

They are following the latest advice from the country’s government and the Premier League Board will have to make a decision on the final standings of the current campaign if it becomes necessary that the season is halted.

The news follows the Serie A announcing that five matches this weekend – including Juventus vs Inter Milan – will be held behind closed doors.

Inter’s Europa League last-32 second-leg against Ludogorets at the San Siro on Thursday night had to be played behind closed doors.

There have been more than 400 cases of the coronavirus in Italy, with 11 towns under quarantine and 14 people having died.

Worldwide, the epidemic has claimed the lives of nearly 3,000 people while there have been almost 84,000 cases reported across over 40 countries since the outbreak began in China late last year.

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