When will the global coronavirus pandemic end? Well, there is no clear answer to this – the best answer right now is “depends on who you ask”. Many countries are considering lifting some of the restrictions by the beginning – or the middle – of May. Many specialists, in turn, say that things are much more complicated – we can expect the virus to subside and return in cycles in the coming months and years. For sports leagues and clubs, the first option is the more desirable but public health officials will be the ones with the final word.
The problem is people are growing tired of a world without live sports. It’s fun to sit back, binge-watch all the series you missed on streaming services and try all the 7Sultans Online Casino games you haven’t tried before. But it would be much more fun to watch Liverpool finally get its shot at the League title after 30 years of waiting.
Safe and appropriate
Several scenarios are discussed by the representatives of the clubs and the officials of the League about how (or if) the season should proceed. There were a series of ideas brought up – one of them, to finish the season in China, was perhaps the craziest one so far. League staff has been reportedly working with club doctors to devise a means for football to return in a “safe and appropriate” manner, to safeguard the players and the staff against the spread of the virus.
Apparently, even if the remainder of the season is played out, fans won’t have access to the stadiums – the matches would be played behind closed doors to prevent the spread of the virus. Then, every participant will need to be tested for the virus – the players, the staff, the match officials, even the TV crews covering the match. This is not an easy task, considering especially the dire situation of testing. The League and the clubs will need to obtain specific approvals for the use of testing capacity and to proceed with the season only when the authorities approve of it.
“In common with other businesses and industries, the Premier League and our clubs are working through complex planning scenarios” a Premier League spokesperson has told the press. “We are actively engaging with stakeholders, including broadcast partners, and our aim is to ensure we are in a position to resume playing when it is safe to do so and with the full support of the government. The health and wellbeing of players, coaches, managers, club staff and supporters are our priority and the League will only restart when medical guidance allows”.
Will the season be finished until June 30, as some clubs have proposed? Well, as far as the reports show, the answer is “it depends”. While the date is unknown, it seems that both the Premier League and the clubs themselves are determined to actually play out all the matches of the season. This means that Liverpool will, indeed, have its shot at the title before the end of the year.