Premier League Clubs To Call For An End To Season By June 30

April 15, 2020
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Premier League clubs have joined forces together to call for the season to be finished by June 30.

Mirror Sport understands that at least nine clubs have had serious discussions among themselves and will come together to present their case at the next league summit on Friday.

They want the campaign curtailed if they cannot squeeze in the remaining games – most clubs have nine left while four have ten – rather than risk the “huge uncertainty and utter chaos” of allowing it to drag on for months beyond the summer.

Their proposal is to find a formula to finish the season as they know voiding the campaign is off the table and this way would allow Liverpool to be crowned champions and still settle the Champions League and relegation places.

FIFA have been discussing ways round the huge contract issue for players who become free agents but clubs fear it would not stand up to a legal challenge with June 30 written in stone.

They also believe that could seriously affect the whole integrity of the League if clubs suddenly lose key players with up to 80 top flight stars believed to be out of contract this summer.


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The concerns surround the uncertainty of player contracts expiring on June 30 with many clubs also facing the end of big commercial sponsorship deals on that date.

FIFA have been discussing ways round the huge contract issue for players who become free agents but clubs fear it would not stand up to a legal challenge with June 30 written in stone.

They also believe that could seriously affect the whole integrity of the League if clubs suddenly lose key players with up to 80 top flight stars believed to be out of contract this summer.

The clubs do not want to be seen as making demands but insist it is time for a serious debate to start to allow them to plan with some degree of certainty for next season and this way could allow football to kick off again in August or September.

Premier League bosses have made it clear they want to play out the rest of the season and, while they have draft plans to restart with games behind closed doors in June, there is a fear it will just get pushed further back and add to the chaos.

Clubs are currently in limbo, cannot make any plans as they could all stand to lose up to £750m worth of TV revenue and still have no idea when football will restart.

They may get a further indication from the Government on Thursday as to how long the national lockdown will last but the reality is that even then they will have no guarantees about when players can even return to training let alone games.

The uncertainty is causing the biggest concern as the clubs want to start planning for next season in terms of ticket sales, new contracts, sponsorship deals and transfers.

They also think there may be little appetite for the last few games of a disrupted campaign with the nation locked in crisis.

They believe a deal could be brokered with TV companies to offset the cost of the current contract by showing more games next season or reaching a compromise with key broadcasters Sky and BT Sport.

It would allow them to make some concrete plans for the future rather than just play a waiting game and talk about unrealistic dates to return to action which could then be pushed further back.

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