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Entire football season 'could be declared "null and void" Over Fear of Coronavirus

Updated: Mar 1

Despite being 22 points clear, Liverpool could yet miss out on the Premier League title if coronavirus cuts short the season.


Jurgen klopp's side have 'no guarantee' that they would still be crowned champions should the season end prematurely due to the scale of the virus outbreak, according to the Telegraph.

The report goes further to detail that 'no specific regulation' is in place should such a scenario play out that all 38 top-flight games are incomplete and it could see all three teams in the relegation zone reprieved.


More than 80,000 people in close to 50 countries have been infected with the virus so far - with 2,800 confirmed to have died.


Switzerland's government made the decision on Friday to cancel all events

set to involve 1,000 people or more in their efforts to tackle the disease, with all football fixtures called off this weekend.


If the Premier League were to follow suit following mirroring advice from the UK government, Liverpool could miss out.


There are 11 matches remaining in the Premier League season with Liverpool cruising to their first top-flight title in 30 years.


But the virus is spreading quickly across Europe and it has increased fears that the UK government could 'opt to cancel sporting events for two months'.


In the event of a suspension or cancellation, it is reported that 'crisis talks' are likely to be held to determine if the previous 27 rounds of matches would be available to stand.

Liverpool have won 26 matches so far in a stunning campaign with one draw to Manchester United earlier in the campaign the only thing preventing them from a flawless run to the title.


Klopp's side need just four more wins to claim the Premier League title and any move to take that away from them would prove highly controversial.


Any suspension of matches would raise further issues around European qualification and relegation at the time of the suspension, particularly with both of those situations in the balance, rather than Liverpool being far and away the team all set to win the league.


Chelsea are currently fourth in the race for the Champions League while Manchester United are three points behind in sixth, Tottenham and Sheffield United are four points behind in seventh and eighth respectively.


Norwich, Watford and West Ham sit in the relegation zone but are far from condemned and with a need for consistency in the decision making, should the virus could to spread and get worse across the UK, all results could be wiped with no title or relegation for the 2019-20 campaign.


UK coronavirus cases has risen to 19 and there are growing fears large-scale events will need to be postponed to prevent a rise in cases.


The Premier League have said they currently have no plans to end pre-match handshakes in a bid to tackle the passing of the virus.


Newcastle revealed on Friday that they have banned their players from shaking hands with each other amid the fear of coronavirus.


The Magpies have long since had a training-ground tradition whereby players and staff greet one another with a handshake every morning.

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