Several Premier League clubs ‘want season finished by June 30’

A number of Premier League clubs are reportedly insisting that the 2019/20 season must be finished by June 30.

There is currently no concrete plan for when or how top-flight football will return after the league was suspended in March due to the coronavirus, but the Daily Mirror is reporting that at least nine Premier League clubs have had serious discussions among themselves about curtailing the current season if the remaining fixtures cannot be played.

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Most clubs have nine games left while four have 10 games remaining. The idea of curtailment would give the season a defined endpoint and mean Liverpool were crowned champions and European and relegation places could be decided.

The main focus appears to be ending the current uncertainty around the end of the season and player contracts. A number of players are out of contract on June 30 while many clubs also face the end of commercial sponsorship deals on that date.

FIFA has said they will extend contracts and also alter the summer transfer window due to the coronavirus pandemic.

However, it is reported that English contractual law could supersede FIFA’s decision, which means players such as Olivier Giroud, Willian, and Adam Lallana could leave their clubs when their contracts expire on June 30.

There is also uncertainty around ticket sales, new contracts and sponsorship deals for next season. Clubs plan to present their case at the next Premier League meeting on April 17.

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