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What are the options for the Premier League?

Aston Villa v Leicester City - Carabao Cup: Semi Final

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JANUARY 28: Jack Grealish of Villa appeals during the Carabao Cup Semi Final match between Aston Villa and Leicester City at Villa Park on January 28, 2020 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

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With the coronavirus outbreak suspending the Premier League until April, what are the options for the remainder of 2019-20 season?

Plenty of reports and rumors are circulating about whether or not the league will begin again from April 4, if it will be canceled and if Liverpool will be awarded the title.

There is a Premier League emergency meeting this Thursday where all 20 clubs will meet to discuss what to do next.

Here’s a little about what we know:

  • There are no regulations in place in the Premier League handbook to decide what happens in this situation. Check for yourself, here.
  • Options will be provided to PL clubs and they will vote on them. At least 14 out of 20 clubs need to agree on one option for it to be voted in.

But what options are likely to be available for PL clubs to choose from?

  • One option is to award the title to Liverpool and have no relegation with West Brom and Leeds United, currently in the top two of the Championship, to be promoted and there will be 22 teams in the Premier League next season.
  • The 2019-20 season could be declared null and void and the 2020-21 season could start with the exact same teams. West Ham want this to happen and teams at the bottom of the table are probably keen for this to happen too, but it would mean Liverpool do not win the league title after a 30-year wait.
  • An unlikely situation is that the table right now is the final table but with Aston Villa, Sheffield United, Man City and Arsenal all playing one game less than everybody else that would surely be unfair.

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