The Jupiler Pro League has called an end to the 2019-20 season and crowned Club Brugge champions, with England allegedly set to do similar.
The Premier League will comply with Belgium’s top tier and cancel the rest of its season, in accordance to Udinese sporting director Pierpaolo Marino.
With Liverpool 25 points clear atop the table, the Premier League was suspended last month due to the coronavirus pandemic. Last week, the league announced that its suspension would proceed indefinitely.
Many leagues around the world have been brought to a standstill, with Belgium’s Jupiler Pro League having cancelled the rest of its campaign and awarded the title to leaders Club Brugge.
Marino, whose club are owned by Giampaolo Pozzo – the father of Watford owner Gino, believes England will do likewise.
“The Belgian Federation has already sanctioned the end of their league, regardless of the threats of sanctions from UEFA,” Marino informed Sportitalia.
“In England, the Premier League is about to release a comparable statement, due to the fact the state of affairs there is turning into very, very serious. I frankly just hope we can enjoy soccer once more after the coronavirus.
“It doesn’t matter how lengthy it takes, we want to get out of this danger zone. I am concerned for the next seasons, not the old one.”
Marino could subsequently be proven correct, as FA chairman Greg Clarke admitted on Tuesday that it may also not be possible to complete the 2019-20 campaign.
“We are committed to ending the professional soccer season as this resolves the issues of promotion and relegation collectively with title winners on merit,” Clarke told the FA’s official website.
“However, we may additionally not be capable to end the season as soccer is not our priority, human life is, and we will do as the authorities directs as the pandemic unfolds.”
Should the Premier League season be ended prematurely there will be questions as to whether or not Liverpool will be declared champions, with Jurgen Klopp’s side presently keeping a near-unassailable lead.
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin offered some good news for Reds followers on Tuesday, saying he can see “no way” Liverpool will be denied the title whether or not the season is completed or not.
“I see no way for Liverpool to remain untitled. If the championship resumes, they will almost certainly win it – theoretically, it has not yet reached the guaranteed level, however it is virtually close,” the UEFA chief told Slovenian publication Ekipa.
“However, if it could no longer be played, it would additionally be necessary to announce the results in some way and find some key on how the champions ought to be determined. And, of course, again I do not see a state of affairs in which that would not be Liverpool,” Ceferin added.