What Enda Stevens thinks about possibility of Sheffield United’s season being voided - or games played beind closed doors due to coronavirus

Enda Stevens, the Sheffield United defender, believes it is still too soon to make predictions about the fate of the current football season after it was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Monday, 16th March 2020, 9:56 am
Updated Monday, 16th March 2020, 4:43 pm
Enda Stevens (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

United's trip to Newcastle United, scheduled for last Saturday, and next weekend's FA Cup clash against Arsenal will not be played after the EFL and Premier League agreed to postpone all football, until the beginning of April at the earliest.

There are fears amongst fans that the coronavirus outbreak will not subside in time for the leagues to resume - meaning potential knock-on effects for the rest of this season and this summer's scheduled European Championships.

United were seventh in the Premier League when the postponment was confirmed, with a game in hand on Manchester United in fifth.

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And Stevens told Off The Ball in his native Ireland: "The scenario you don't want is to be playing behind-closed-doors because you'd miss that fan interaction.

"But in terms of voiding the league, we have to get to that stage. Let's see what comes in the next few weeks. It's a hard decision to make.

"It's a bit surreal for us. We have no games to look forward to like a lot of people. We'll have to see how it goes."

Stevens added: "The worst thing would be to have to self-isolate for a long time. It'd be torture but if it needs to be done, it'll be done.

"It'll get worse before it gets better and we all have to do our best to contain it."