"Teams will get hurt" - What Sheffield Wednesday legend Chris Waddle has said about how the season should be completed as coronavirus threat rumbles on

Clubs such as Liverpool and Leeds United would be handed league titles if the theory of Sheffield Wednesday legend Chris Waddle is to be put into action should the EFL coronavirus suspension rumble on for several weeks.

Monday, 16th March 2020, 6:00 am

The nation is locked in debate over how the football league season can finish, with experts maintaining the current suspension of action will likely go on for several weeks beyond its current April 4 re-start.

Complications include the scheduling of Euro 2020 – which is expected to be pushed to next season – and the fact that a large percentage of player contracts end in June.

The Wednesday icon told BBC Radio Sheffield: “I believe that if you can't fulfil the fixtures by the end of May, depending on the Euros if that goes ahead. If it does go ahead if you can't finish it by May you have to leave the table as it stands.

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Sheffield Wednesday legend Chris Waddle shimmies past a pair of Blades rivals during the 1993 FA Cup semi-final.

“Unfortunately, some will prosper of 'thank you very much, we've stayed up or got promoted'. I don't think you can go into next season fulfilling fixtures and saying this is going to happen. Unfortunately for the FA Cup, it becomes void. The Champions League becomes void, as does the Europa League and you think get this sorted out and hopefully start again in July.

“People might say, that means 'we got relegated and we had a game in hand.' You may have to go back to the old Pools panel and say that would be a result. There's nobody who is going to win in this and nobody knows what will happen.

“You've just got to live by the decision, it's pointless saying 'we're going to sue'. You've just got to take it as it is for football. We want to get everyone back on the pitch as soon as possible because clubs in the lower leagues are suffering financially.

“It's caught everyone out of the blue, nobody knows how to deal with it. Hopefully, we'll get everyone back out and fulfil all the fixtures but if not, they are going to have to make a serious decision and somebody, a lot of teams, will get hurt.”