Premier League clubs are increasingly demanding season cancelled 'on moral grounds'

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In recent days, it seemed the Premier League season had been salvaged in one form or another. The reality is that it still hangs in the balance. 

Football will not be returning on April 30, the revised date of the official postponement. 

That's the only certainty, but questions remain over whether the 2019/20 campaign will be completed at all. 

At a recent emergency meeting between senior figures from all 20 clubs, the almost unilateral decision was that the current set of fixtures must be finished, whenever that is possible. 

Sporting integrity was one reason, but teams also feared having to pay back around £750 million each in TV rights. 

However, The Athletic report that the balance is now shifting and an increasing number of clubs want the season declared null and void for moral reasons. 

That would mean no title for Liverpool. 

There are other implications, of course, but chairmen have been quoted in the report as saying that none should take precedent during the coronavirus pandemic. One said:

“It’s absolutely clear what is going to happen. It’s a worldwide pandemic. You just start [the season] again and there are very few losers. Liverpool, I know. But in the grand scheme of things, honestly, it really doesn’t matter...

“We look like petulant, ridiculous children now. I passionately believe what we’re doing is wrong."

Another echoed that sentiment:

“The fact is they [Premier League officials] are not as important as a Tesco delivery driver at this time. We run a game. No more, no less. There is no place for sport at the moment.”

West Ham vice-chair Karren Brady and Brighton & Hove Albion chief executive Paul Barber were the first to raise concerns in the initial meeting. 

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A club director added: "There are such bigger issues to deal with yet every question is, ‘Will Liverpool be champions?’."

Players were initially hesitant to play behind closed doors but that may be the only option. Even then, there are other practicalities to consider, such as the prospect of fans turning up outside the stadium - as we saw during PSG's Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund - and the risk of injury. 

“How can you play a contact sport that could result in injury and a highly-paid, highly-privileged individual having to go to hospital to be fixed, placing an even greater burden on the hospital system at a time when the virus is escalating?" another unnamed figure said.

"I just find it so insulting that we’re even talking this way; it’s just not important...I just find the whole proposition insulting. That people are on ventilators dying and yet we’re playing a game. I’m baffled by it."

That feeling seems to be growing all the time. 

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