The English Premier League, the English Football League and the Professional Footballers’ Association have admitted that difficult decisions may need to be made to bring the 2019/2020 season to a conclusion.
The English Premier League is currently suspended until at least 30 April and while many clubs want to complete the season, a decision is yet to be made.
In Chelsea’s case, the club are currently occupying fourth place in the English Premier League table and they have nine games to play to ensure their qualification for next season’s UEFA Champions League.
Following a meeting between English Premier League, English Football League and Professional Footballers’ Association chiefs yesterday, an official statement was released which is noted below.
‘The Premier League, EFL and PFA met today and discussed the growing seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic.
It was stressed that the thoughts of all three organisations continue to be with everyone affected by the virus.
The Premier League, EFL and PFA agreed that difficult decisions will have to be taken in order to mitigate the economic impact of the current suspension of professional football in England and agreed to work together to arrive at shared solutions.
The leagues will not recommence until 30 April at the earliest. They will only do so when it is safe and conditions allow.
Further meetings will take place next week with a view to formulating a joint plan to deal with the difficult circumstances facing the leagues, their clubs, players, staff and fans.’
The three parties are expected to meet again on Friday unless an emergency meeting is requested prior to this date. Chelsea could learn more about the situation by next weekend with another official update expected.