Premier League set to suspend season - this is what it means for Sheffield United

The Premier League are set to suspend the current season after the outbreak of coronavirus – but what will that mean for Sheffield United?

Friday, 13th March 2020, 10:12 am
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We take a look at what the big decision means for the Blades:

What does ‘suspending the season’ mean?

The Premier League are set to announce a suspension to the 2019/20 campaign, which will mean no fixtures will be played for a pre-determined period.

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It currently remains unclear how long this period will be, and much will depend on how the outbreak of coronavirus continues, or otherwise.

Should events progress as hoped, it would still be expected that the season would be concluded – albeit with fixtures re-arranged in the summer months.

There have already been reports that UEFA are considering moving this summer’s European Championships to deal with an extended Premier League and EFL season.

What does it mean for promotion and relegation?

Very little. It is expected that fixtures will still be completed at a later date, meaning that promotion and relegation should take place as usual.

There could be question marks over the play-offs in the EFL, however, given the tight timescales involved with rearranging the season.

When will a suspension be announced?

The Premier League will hold an emergency meeting at 10:30am this morning to iron-out their plans, and a suspension could be announced shortly after this phone meeting.

Why has this decision been reached?

There are already two confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Premier League, with Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta and Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi testing positive for the virus.

Watford and Leicester, meanwhile, have both had players tested – while Manchester City’s Benjamin Mendy has been forced to self-isolate.

Brighton v Arsenal this weekend has already been postponed, and the remaining games are set to follow suit.

How long will a suspension of the season last?

This is currently unclear. In other countries, the suspension has varied in length from two weeks to a month – with the option to extend if necessary.

When will the suspension start?

The suspension is set to begin immediately – meaning Newcastle United v Sheffield United is currently in doubt. This is yet to be confirmed though.