Q:

Could the remaining Premier League fixtures be played behind closed doors?

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Rachel Amos
The Senate
04 May 2020

A: SenseCheck

  • 2 Yes
  • 0 Unclear
  • 0 No
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  • 11 Jun 2020
  • Yes

    Simple

    This is now confirmed to be the case

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    Alex Westenberger
    The Senate

  • Comment

  • 18 May 2020
  • Yes

    Simple

    Almost certainly - the current restart target is set as 18th June and at the very least the initial fixtures will be played without fans as has been the case in the Bundesliga this week. It is highly likely that all the remaining fixtures of the season will follow suit and possibly the first fixtures of the 2020/21 season.

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    Alex Westenberger
    The Senate

  • Comment

  • 05 May 2020
  • Yes

    Complex

    This is going to be one that will have big pressure both ways.
    On the get it played side is the risk that all the TV deals have clauses for non delivery and that would be a massive reduction in income for ALL clubs. Questions of course, are they contracted to provide games with "fans" and atmosphere or just deliver games within an agreed determined time window. Also what are the insurance pay out possibilities in case of non delivery.
    Where it gets sticky are when there is the personal interest on European Places and of course relegation. Then I am sure personal motives will come into place and common ground will never be found so there will be a raft of legal disputes from clubs to agents who on behalf of players claim that their "goal/win/appearance" opportunities have been taken away.
    The potential loss of TV money for 1/4 of the season may be enough to find some subsidy agreement between the clubs as losing that will hurt them all very hard.
    Of course you also have players out of contract in June so it will be very messy at best

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    Paul
    Gooner Holdings

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