Premier League clubs to vote on coronavirus crisis plan as board could be handed authority to curtail season… and final positions may be decided on average points-per-game
- The Premier League will vote on how to finish the season if pandemic worsens
- Clubs will decide on Tuesday whether to give PL board option to curtail 2020-21
- Crisis plan would see clubs given until 11 August to fulfill their fixtures
- In the event of curtailment positions would be determined by points-per-game
As Sportsmail revealed last month the Board’s proposal includes a provision for ‘automatic curtailment’ if the Premier League has not finished 80 days after the last scheduled day of the season, giving the clubs until 11 August to complete the campaign in the event of mass postponements.
The Board’s proposals were discussed in detail at the last shareholders’ meeting earlier this month and are expected to be passed.
Premier League will vote on an action plan in case the season is interrupted by coronavirus
In the event of curtailment final league positions and the relegation places would be determined by average points-per-game, although there will be no vote on Tuesday on the percentage of matches that must have been played for sporting outcomes to apply.
The clubs are split on whether to set the threshold for curtailment – as opposed to abandonment – at 66 per cent or 75 per cent of completed fixtures and have deferred that decision until later in the season.
The clubs will also give the Board the power to demand that top-flight games be staged at neutral venues if necessary, and discuss negotiations with government over the return of fans to stadiums and the proposed financial settlement with the EFL.