Any suggestion that the current Premier League season can be voided or scrapped is completely off the table after the FA exercised their ‘special share’ right to demand promotion and relegation.
The move has effectively guaranteed that Liverpool – who need to win just two of their nine remaining games – will lift their first top-flight title in 30 years, and also provides a huge boost to Leeds United and West Bromwich Albion in their hopes of being promoted from the Championship.
In truth, the ‘void the season’ idea was never really being considered by the Premier League, and only gained traction through various suggestions on social media or from people commenting on the situation without obtaining the full facts.
Had the 2019/20 season been voided then it would have basically not taken place, with all goals, points and records expunged.
That was never a realistic argument, and differs hugely from curtailing the current season as has already been done in France and Holland, and which was discussed by the Premier League at their meeting on Monday.
Prior to that meeting FA chairman Greg Clarke told the clubs – some of whom were looking to avoid relegation this season as a consequence of the campaign being so disrupted – that the special share was being invoked and teams would go up and down as normal.
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The league insist that there is still the desire to finish the season on the pitch amongst all 20 clubs, and the confirmation that there will be relegation will have meant that more are now fully committed to that idea.
The clubs now hope to be able to remove the idea that they will play the remaining matches in neutral venues though, and instead be able to play behind closed doors at their own stadiums.
Should the Premier League be curtailed then there is still the possibility that they don’t crown Liverpool as champions, although that is unlikely given their 25 point lead and the precedent set by Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1.