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23 Mar 2020 13:42:48
Just an open question. In the event that completing full 90 minute games may become problematic in the league, does anyone see any feasible contingency plans just to ensure the season was completed (in the safest, quickest way possible) .

For example, Pens. Done on one weekend. 5 pens each: win, draw or lose. The only thing affected would be goal difference.

Actually, that sounds a bit far fetched, but I'm just spitballing here.

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23 Mar 2020 14:47:38
I wonder if they will try and play the remainder of the league behind closed doors, maybe utilising grounds within a close proximity so only one ambulance is required (as per usual at games for head injuries) and not putting additional pressure on the nhs.

You could use results from the previous games but that wouldn’t be fair on teams with bad form in the first half of the season, and without trying to sound like a spoilsport I don’t think there is any feasible way without playing games as it wasn’t decided before a ball was kicked.

I would rather change next season, but Ed002 has said numerous times that won’t happen.

Personally I think we will be back under yay late May in the hope of getting domestic leagues done. With the EL and CL being scrapped, then if that does happen I’d personally let teams that were not knocked out go automatically Into the knockout stages to acknowledge their achievements this year. And then only group winners go through to join them to make up numbers.

I’d also move the fa cup early into next season, these could be played whilst the early rounds are going on and we would still have a winner in 2020.

{Ed002's Note - The major problem with playing behind closed doors, aside from the players and staff being in close proximity, is the need for support staff and in particular having to deal with the fans who show up in any case - as evidenced by the last PSG game. So it is not a viable solution. Nobody is going to reuse results from previous games. Nobody is considering any of your suggested changes to EL and CL.}

23 Mar 2020 15:01:31
No worries Ed002 and yeah was just throwing a wild theory out there.

I completely agree about the issues with behind closed doors. Unfortunately people won’t listen to keep away if needed as proven with images over the weekend. I just can’t see crowds being allowed by the end of May.

I have a horrible sinking feeling that we won’t see any football till August and with it the wait goes on.

But without any doubt the only thing that should come into consideration is people’s health and safety.

{Ed002's Note - As I have said, I suspect the point will come where a line will need to be drawn across this season and start afresh when possible.}

23 Mar 2020 16:31:49
ed if we do get under way do you think they will play all league games first then after the leagues are finished move on to EL and CL to keep travel between countries held back for another month or so as week can see some countries are further ahead than others in the virus.

{Ed002's Note - No.}

23 Mar 2020 16:46:48
I think ed 2 is saying probably correctly the season is over no title and we move on hopefully next year will be our year.

23 Mar 2020 17:12:22
I don't know how they can not finish the season what about relegations and promotion the season is 75% finished what makes next season more important than this one. Leeds and west brom look like they are going up and will miss out millions. And how do you sort out EL and CL spots for next season. You are not taking about few millions here its hundreds of millions.

{Ed002's Note - I have explained on many occasions that there is a proposal on the table that addresses these issues.}

23 Mar 2020 17:21:58
Imagine losing the league on penalties after 30 years.

23 Mar 2020 17:22:31
The would be heartbreaking, not to be champions.

23 Mar 2020 17:23:39
Andyjh04, no one as a clue at the moment what will happen. It seems like a lifetime since I was at the Atletico game and, I never thought I would say it, I'm not giving football much thought.

23 Mar 2020 17:23:48
I have not seen that is there some thing I can type in in the search bar to find what this is?

{Ed002's Note - The proposal addresses the issue if the league is to be cancelled where the top two sides from the Championship would be promoted to the PL and there would be no relegation. Then next season would be played with 22 sides with an additional side being relegated over the following two seasons. The Champions League places would go to Liverpool, Manchester City, Leicester City and Chelsea, with Manchester United, Wolves and Sheffield Wednesday going in to the Europa League.

This can be flowed down through all of the English and Welsh leagues.}

23 Mar 2020 17:34:32
I’ve got a feeling neither This or next season will happen.

23 Mar 2020 18:02:10
It certainly looks like the first few months of next season could be in jepordy as well.

{Ed002's Note - Certainly in some countries Den.}

23 Mar 2020 18:07:27
It really looks like our wait will go in chaos. Deveststed.

23 Mar 2020 19:27:57
Rome 1977 let's face it its over they won't restart it now they have planned incase they need to cancel in which they will it won't clear up in next 10 weeks its over at least we can no say we didn't bottle it.

23 Mar 2020 19:12:57
So would we be crowned champions Ed 002?

{Ed002's Note - No, unless Liverpool put a case to the Premier League asking for a vote. And I think it unlikely Liverpool would ask.}

23 Mar 2020 20:06:24
I think it could get very messy Ed002 if they go ahead with the potential proposal mentioned. Take the championship, West Brom cam mathematically still be caught so promoting them should the season be cut short would be totally unfair in the eyes of Fulham.

Should circumstance permit, I really hope they can resolve the leagues for the sake of football.

In the great scheme of things though, lives are more important than any football match and if it saved just one life I’d be more happy to see the whole thing voided.

{Ed002's Note - That is the intention as I have explained - but there needs to be a backstop and Fulham will simply have to suck it up.}

23 Mar 2020 20:10:41
So if your honest Ed in your opinion you doubt the season will get finished?

{Ed002's Note - You are trying to put words in my mouth about something that is pretty much out of everybodies control.}

23 Mar 2020 20:31:02
That above proposal does not seem equitable at all Ed002.
The two Championship clubs that would be promoted would, in effect, be presaging their League results and yet no reward would be given to the runner-away leaders of the Premier League?
No, not fair at all and completely unacceptable.
The leagues have to be finished, whenever, or everybody starts afresh.

{Ed002's Note - It is not about Liverpool. If Liverpool want to go to the Premier League, withdraw the statement written for an read by Klopp and ask for a vote they can - there is nothing whatsoever stopping them.}

23 Mar 2020 20:56:11
You’re 100% right it’s not about Liverpool. It seems to be about presaging everyone else’s results and rewarding thereon apart from Liverpool.
We’re the only team that has rightfully qualified for the CL next year and we’re the team guaranteed to win the Premier League and yet that can’t be presaged?
That’s a joke and there’s no way that above proposal will go through I hope.
22 teams in the PL next year? You might as well just write the two extra teams a cheque each for £100 million now. Joke of an idea.

{Ed002's Note - People are working very hard to provide a resolution that fits. If you want Liverpool to withdraw the statement and go along to the Premier League and demand a vote I would suggest you contact the club and thell them to do that. There would be a great deal of sympathy for them but there are sides who would abstain and sides who might vote against them - that would be really embarrassing for Liverpool.}

23 Mar 2020 21:50:24
Where do you draw the line? I can imagine it’s very difficult for whoever makes the decisions. Will we get refunded for all the premier league tickets and champions league tickets we paid for, because we didn’t pay for friendlies?
Highly doubt it. I presume the league this season will want to continue it will pull up too many problems. I just can’t see it though.

{Ed002's Note - You draw the line in the most approriate place you can find and if it can be agreed as appropriate with other national leagues then all the better. As for a refund, that is a matter for the club and they will have a position on it planned out already - although they won't share it. They may well offer incentives on next season rather than look to give cash back to all. As Liverpool are no longer in the Champions League I rather doubt they will be making refunds there. For now, you tickets are good but obviously dates will vary - but the situation is, in all reality, will change from where we are now.}

23 Mar 2020 22:41:30
I pay my season ticket through the clubs finance company - my last payment went out on the 2nd Feb.

I would say the club will honour refunds on future games ( should they not go ahead ) if you’ve paid through the membership scheme mate.

24 Mar 2020 10:00:10
I wonder if that proposal would include Liverpool being classed as champions, or just awarded as top 4.

I think my fixtures by penalties is feasible. Actually Eds, I'll formalise my proposal to you and if you could forward it on to the relevant people that would be great. Cheers.

24 Mar 2020 10:01:09
Liverpool have absolutely annihilated the league this season. More than any team in history.

I don't think they should ask - if anything, it should be offered.

24 Mar 2020 10:02:54
That proposal would be totally unfair. The clubs given CL and EL based on current position (who can be overtaken in 2/ 3 games), yet run away leaders not given the crown.

If a vote went against us I wouldn't feel embarrassed as a red - I think it would be embarrassing on those clubs who wouldn't warrant what was the right)



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