Aston Villa sporting director Jesus Garcia Pitarch says he doesn’t see how the Premier League can resume in the next few months.
Predictions in the UK expect the Coronavirus outbreak to worsen before there is any improvement and with that being the case, Pitarch says the season is unlikely to resume:
“At Aston Villa we are beginning to think about this. If the peak of the Coronavirus is to occur in May, no one thinks of a competition in which players, coaches, and health personnel of the club will continue to appear every day. There are clubs that do not see admissible that the competition resumes on June 30th.”
Pitarch’s comments seem to ally with those made by West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady who said at the end of last week that the 2019/20 campaign could well be made “null and void,” ruling out Liverpool from winning the title.
The Villans executive did also say that he thinks relegation would be out of the question in such an eventuality:
“The most reasonable thing that everyone thinks is that, if the league has to be stopped, that there are no relegations. There is a certain unanimity that there should be no descent.”
“The biggest discussion is on whether to determine the European positions, to take as a reference the previous season or as it stands this season.”
There are a number of possible solutions to the dilemma, but we won’t know which one the 20 Premier League clubs will favour until they take part in an emergency meeting on Thursday. They are expected to discuss a number of issues related to the pandemic’s impact on top-flight football.