Udinese Director Claims Premier League Is Set To Cancel Rest Of The Season
The Premier League could be set to follow the Belgian league's decision to cancel the end of the season, according to Udinese director Pierpaolo Marino.
Last week the Belgian Jupiler league became the first league in Europe to make a decision with what to do with the rest of the season, by cancelling the final game of the regular season, and the play-offs, and announcing Club Brugge as the champions.
No other country has made a decision but according to the Udinese director, whose club share owners with relegation threatened Watford, the English top tier is set to follow suit.
"The Belgian Federation has already sanctioned the end of their league, despite the threats of sanctions from UEFA," Mariano said to Sportitalia, via Football Italia.
"In England, the Premier League is about to release a similar statement, because the situation there is becoming very, very serious. I frankly just hope we can enjoy football again after the coronavirus.
"It doesn't matter how long it takes, we need to get out of this danger zone. I am worried for the next seasons, not the old one."
The Pozzo family own both Udinese and Watford, with the Italian's owned by Giampaolo Pozzo and the English club by son Gino, who had the club handed over to him by his dad and who lives in London.
Players are often loaned between the two clubs and Mariano would likely have more knowledge than most outside of the Premier League as to what is happening in England's top tier.
However the Mirror reported last week that the league have begun talks with the government over being given the green light to start games up again in June.
The league is still nine or 10 games away from finishing, with some sides having games in hand over others, though leaders Liverpool are just two wins away from securing their first title in 30 years.
Whilst that is all but a foregone conclusion, qualification for Europe next season and the battle to avoid relegation are both well and truly alive.
Cancelling the end of the season would likely mean those in European qualification spots already going into the competitions next season, other than possibly Manchester City who still have a potential ban hanging over their heads, whilst relegation may not happen and could lead to a 22 team league next season.
With the FA Cup, Champions League and Europa League all still to be played as well it could be quite the slog to get the season done.
Who knows what will happen next.