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AnalysisIf the Premier League season finishes late how will next season work

English football is now suspended until 30 April due to the coronavirus pandemic, with the decision confirmed on Thursday after a meeting of the sport's governing bodies. They now have 43 after 28 and a game in hand over those directly above them.

So far, there have been 5,018 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus in the United Kingdom, the tenth highest in the world, with the rate of infection still on the rise.

The Premier League chose to extend the current season indefinitely, meaning they plan to finish it no matter how long it takes.

"There's no compromise in this".

The Blades have enjoyed a remarkable first season back in the top flight under the 52-year-old and sit firmly in the hunt for Champions League football in the upper echelons of the table. The FA said it had "extended indefinitely" the date for the season to conclude after its board sanctioned a relaxation of the standard 1 June finish date given the unprecedented circumstances caused by the pandemic.

"They've worked unbelievably hard to get into this situation this season, they have worked unbelievably hard to get into the Premier League and they are a really tight group as well".

But amongst all this, former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan, writing for The Sun, has come with a solution which could and should be looked into more seriously. It is 38 games. His belief is that entertainment plays a crucial role in helping people during tough times, such as the coronavirus outbreak.

It's not yet clear what the latest thinking is with non-league divisions but it would be a surprise if the same April 30 suspension date was not also soon applied to the semi-pro and amateur game.

Southampton's chief executive, Martin Semmens, said the return of Premier League football on TV - even behind closed doors - would be "a sign that the country is coming back to normal".

"We have to do what is right and safe for the general public", he said.

The provisional date of the first weekend in April for the resumption of professional football in England has been pushed nearly a month further on until "no earlier than 30 April", the Premier League, Football Association, EFL and women's professional game have said in a joint statement. How are the health services going to react to incidents that happen off the back of it and do we need to put any more pressure on the services at this point in time?

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