Premier League clubs discuss curtailing season using points-based formula
Premier League clubs discussed curtailing the season for the first time today.
Richard Masters made the revelation after today’s 20 clubs had a video conference call to try and find a solution to finish the remaining 92 games.
But what might appear to be seen as a warning to clubs to fall into line, the Premier League chief executive revealed that finishing the season is now on the agenda.
The clubs have been desperate to finish the season to avoid having to repay £762m in TV money and also the underlying threat of losing sponsorship deals.
Masters said: “It was the first time we discussed curtailment – it’s still our aim to finish the season obviously but it’s important to discuss all the options with our clubs.
“Obviously we reflected on Boris’ statement last night and the fuller statement that came out right at the end of the meeting and what that means for us.
“I’m happy to reveal it was discussed for the first time but the contents of that discussion have to remain confidential. What I can say is that all of the talk was about finishing the season. No conclusions were reached on any other models.
“Those are future conversations we may need to have. There was a desire to see all the different implications; the adaptions, if you like, to the Premier League model as we know in order to play out the season and then discuss what the fairest way forward is.”
The curtailment would mean drawing a line under the season so far, playing no more games and, despite not voiding the campaign, it would mean trying to find a formula.
That would mean potentially working out points per game and it would still mean Liverpool are champions and there would be relegation.
They did, however, agree the new June 30 transfer system whereby the clubs agreed that a deadline would be made on June 23. That could help with out of contract players.
Masters added: “What we decided today – obviously this issue has been highlighted and we’ve discussed it at the last two meetings – but we’ve been working as far as possible to ensure that clubs complete the season with the same squad they had prior to the suspension.
“What was agreed today is that players can extend their contracts beyond June 30 until the end of the season but it must be agreed by both parties and a later date can be scheduled for that; no later than June 23.”