Coronavirus: Premier League clubs pushing for season to be voided ahead of emergency crisis talks

The Premier League are set to meet on Friday to decide the next step with some clubs advocating that the campaign be scrapped in the wake of the global pandemic, with Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta testing positive for the virus on Thursday

Miguel Delaney
Thursday 12 March 2020 23:39
Comments
Coronavirus: All you need to know about self-isolation

A number of club officials disagree with the Premier League’s decision to persist with a normal season, with a small minority even feeling the campaign should be voided, as football was thrown into further disarray by the coronavirus crisis on Thursday evening.

Arsenal announced that head coach Mikel Arteta had tested positive a mere 45 minutes after the competition had announced the fixtures would continue as normal.

The announcement from the Gunners raises questions about communication and casts doubt on the controversial plans.

The developments have seen the Premier League call for an emergency meeting on Friday morning, to discuss the rest of the season. And there is an increasing feeling that the league will be suspended for a month.

The Independent has been told that some clubs will push for a suspension and that there is a minority of officials who will argue that the campaign should be voided.

Arteta has tested positive for the virus

Regardless of any individual feelings, however, the logistical nightmare caused by Arteta’s unfortunate situation could make much of that immaterial.

Arsenal’s match against Brighton and Hove Albion this weekend will have to be called off as the squad goes into quarantine, and the club has admitted they may struggle to fulfil fixtures.

The Premier League had previously taken their lead from the government, which had been adamant that closing stadiums was reactionary, and not actually that beneficial.

That stance has been undercut by participating figures like Arteta actually contracting the virus, as it illustrates a host of other problems beyond the actual benefit of shutting down mass gatherings like football matches.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

By clicking ‘Create my account’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in