COVID-19: Premier League clubs take final decision on resumption

Premier League clubs have all agreed to play out the rest of the current season rather than cancel or end it at its current stage, according to Crystal Palace manager, Roy Hodgson.

Hodgson revealed that Premier League clubs are all in total agreement that the season needs to be completed amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

There had been reports that the season would be declared null and void or that it would end with the positions staying as they are now should no more games be played.

The Crystal Palace boss said it is important for the current season to end without “artificial” methods of determining places.

Footballing and other sporting activities have been suspended since March 13 due to Coronavirus that spread from China to other parts of the world.

Liverpool need just two more wins to be certain of their first league title in 30 years.

Hodgson is adamant the campaign must only finish once all games have been played.

In a message to supporters on Crystal Palace’s official website, Hodgson said: “Everyone is in total agreement we need an end to this season. We don’t want artificial means of deciding who wins the league, who gets into the Champions League, who gets relegated and promoted.

“Ideally our players would have three or four weeks’ minimum to prepare for the first match back, but I accept there may have to be a squeeze on that timeframe.

“It might mean extra restrictions at our place of work – the training ground – for example. It may also mean that we have to play our nine remaining matches in a shorter period of time than we normally would have done, and subsequently receive a shorter break between the seasons.

“But I think with all of these sacrifices – and I am uncomfortable using that word in such a context – everyone will be more than happy to go along with what it takes in order to get playing again as soon as possible in order to get the season finished.”