The entire 2020/21 Premier League season could take place behind closed doors while we wait for a coronavirus vaccine, according to a report.
Sky Sports report that Premier League clubs are preparing for the possibility of an entire season behind closed doors. They’re only expecting things to get back to normal when there’s a coronavirus vaccine, which is unlikely before the middle of next year.
It goes without saying that this is going to have a huge impact on club finances. Matchday income will cease to exist, whilst commercial partners will almost certainly push for cut-price deals without supporters in the stadiums.
However, right now, it looks like the alternative is not playing at all. Until the government gives the go-ahead for fans to attend major sporting events again, this is the only possibility.
If we’re given the choice between televised matches and a reduced income stream versus no matches, no income, and many football clubs folding under the financial strain that brings, obviously we should pick playing fixtures behind closed doors.
It’s all well and good to go on about how “football is nothing without fans”, but football will certainly be nothing without any matches or football teams. This is just the current reality, as much as we dislike it.