2019/20: ‘Premier League to end football season abruptly’

Udinese director Pierpaolo Marino claims the Premier League will soon release a statement announcing the cancellation of the 2019-20 season.

The Serie A chief, whose club share owners with Watford, revealed the shock news on Tuesday night amid the ongoing worldwide coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking on Sportitalia, he said the English top flight is set to follow in the footsteps of Belgium’s Jupiler League, who last week confirmed they would not resume the current season when football returns and had crowned Club Brugge champions.    

The Belgian Federation has already sanctioned the end of their league, despite the threats of sanctions from UEFA,’ Marino said.

‘In England, the Premier League is about to release a similar statement, because the situation there is becoming very, very serious. I frankly just hope we can enjoy football again after the coronavirus.

‘It doesn’t matter how long it takes, we need to get out of this danger zone. I am worried for the next seasons, not the old one.’

If the season is ended prematurely, Liverpool would be crowned champions of England, while Norwich, Aston Villa and Bournemouth currently occupy the three relegation places.

Interestingly Watford, who have strong connections with Udinese and Marino, sit 17th, just outside the drop zone on goal difference alone.

As it stands, no official confirmation has come from the Premier League regarding the outcome of the season and the last word from chiefs was that no football will be played until it is safe to do so. 

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