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Premier League clubs to vote on how to end season if coronavirus sees it cut short

Premier League clubs to vote on how to end season if coronavirus sees it cut short

Premier League clubs will vote on Tuesday to decide how the season would be ended if it cannot be completed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The wording of the new rule has been developed over the past few weeks.

Clubs will vote at a shareholders meeting on Tuesday and, if the motion is passed, it will be written into the Premier League rules.

Another vote would then take place at a future date on how many matches will need to have been played for the rules to be applied.

BBC Sport understands the range will be around two thirds to three quarters of matches played. If the season has not reached that agreed point then it would be voided.

Meanwhile, the issue of any bailout for the English Football League is not a specific proposal on the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting, and there will be no vote.

BBC Sport has been told there will be a focus on what happens next, given the different financial picture facing clubs following the announcement about fans last week.

How might the rules work?

If five games have been played and a new set of restrictions are introduced because of the coronavirus pandemic, then the league would not fall back on these plans.

If it got to the end of December and about 45% of the season had been played, then that is still not likely to be enough for the plans to kick in, and the season would be voided.

Source: BBC

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