It seems to be a speculation, but according to The Telegraph (UK), this is completely real risk if the British Government issued an order to cancel all sports events to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 epidemic. raging throughout Europe.
Currently, in the Premier League season, Liverpool has touched one hand to the championship when unbeaten 27 matches (26 wins, 1 draw), far ahead of the opponent ranked behind Man City to 22 points.
While this season only 11 rounds, and if Liverpool continue to win 4 more games in the next round in March, they soon crowned the championship for the first time in 30 years.
However, it cannot be guaranteed just because the Covid-19 epidemic became more and more violent after the raging in Italy and now spread to many other countries in Europe causing panic everywhere.
The Swiss and French governments have issued orders to cancel all events with a concentration of 1,000 or more people in an effort to prevent the spread of Covid-19. In addition, football schedules in these countries’ leagues this weekend are in danger of being postponed.
In the UK, the number of people infected with Covid-19 has increased to 19, and is at risk of rapidly increasing if there are still crowded events such as soccer. The organizing committee of the Premier League does not currently have any advice to prevent this disease. However, the Newcastle Club recently issued a ban on forms such as shaking hands to prevent epidemics.
The Telegraph adds, if the situation is still unpredictable, the risk of the British Government issuing an order to cancel all sports events within April 2 and 5 is very likely to occur.
At that time, the Premier League season will be stopped, and canceled, so the whole season can be declared “invalid”. Therefore, Liverpool, even though it is about to win the championship, is not recognized, even the bottom three teams are not relegated as usual.
However, there will also be cases where the review is the result of the 27 rounds that took place to determine if this season is enough or not. But it may not be considered, because except for Liverpool to make a big gap, while other races such as the top 4, the top 6 with competition for the European Cup are not yet finished. Similarly, the race to avoid relegation.
So, there’s going to be huge controversy and it’s not clear where to go if the season is canceled. But in any case, this case would be unprecedented in the history of the Premier League.
The Telegraph also believes that the outbreak of Covid-19 is a huge threat to the health and lives of people worldwide. While there is no effective cure for the vaccine, it is understandable that governments have to find ways to prevent the spread.
Currently, in addition to the European league competitions, many major sporting events of the world such as the 2020 Olympic Games, Euro 2020, F1 race, all stand the risk of being canceled or postponed. In Asia, the national leagues in China, South Korea and Japan have been postponed, similar to the matches in the AFC Champions League.