Premier League clubs ‘plan to play 2020-21 season WITHOUT fans’ at worst due to coronavirus outbreak
- Clubs are already preparing to play the 2021-22 season behind closed doors
- Government officials want sports behind closed doors until a vaccine is made
- However, Boris Johnson says a vaccine for Covid-19 may never be found
- Playing behind closed doors allowed the football clubs to lose a total of £ 1 billion
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Premier League clubs are preparing to play behind closed doors all season.
While discussions continue to focus on protecting the health of players and staff for the rest of the current season, clubs look to the future and plan based on the possibility of the 2021-22 campaign being played without supporters.
Government officials have made it clear that sport in empty stadiums can be practiced until a vaccine has been developed to fight the coronavirus.
Premier League clubs are preparing to play behind closed doors all season
Government officials need a vaccine to allow supporters, but they may not find one
The latest reports suggest that a vaccine could be developed by February, but even if the research timeline can be accelerated, combined with a few steps, it will still take at least a year for the vaccine to spread.
Football may be affected in the near future, however, as Boris Johnson recently warned that a vaccine against the deadly pathogen may never be found.
Playing for empty stadiums for a year or more would be disastrous for many Premier League and EFL clubs, which rely heavily on ticket sales and match day revenues.
While TV companies have already threatened to ask for a discount if games are played behind closed doors because they think coverage wouldn’t be all that exciting.
It is feared that in the 91 Football League clubs, the total lost income would exceed £ 1 billion, and the very worrying figures are being watched by the FA as they try to limit the damage.
Premier League teams that rely heavily on the earnings of supporters attending matches are at greatest risk as they continue to pay wages, bonuses and stewards without getting fans’ earnings.