With the remainder of the season in doubt, coronavirus situation could lead English football to rethink government relationship

13 March 2020

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Photo: PA Images Following similar measures from other leagues and UEFA, the Premier League and the EFL on Friday announced they were postponing the season until at least 3rd April, leading some to speculate that the season could be put off entirely.

English football has traditionally been self-governing, but the unprecedented situation could make the leagues rethink their relationship with Downing Street, according to a football finance expert.

The Premier League could possibly lose out on £766 million if the drop in TV rights income from voiding the season is as much as what LaLiga expects.

EU countries and the UK under the Brexit transition period are extraordinarily eligible to grant companies state aid to deal with the COVID-19 situation.

Borrowings made against the tv payments are a question mark as clubs at this point don't know the revenue they can expect.

Emil Gjerding Nielson nielson@offthepitch.com

The coronavirus situation could lead English football to rethink its relationship with the UK government if the leagues want to benefit from potential state aid, eligible under EU law for companies having suffered damages from the unprecedented situation. 

Following similar measures from other leagues and UEFA, the Premier League and the EFL on Friday announced they were postponing the season until at least 3rd April, leading some to speculate that the season could be put off entirely. 

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