What Aston Villa fans need to know about Premier League meeting

Aston Villa will be in attendance at a meeting between Premier League clubs as they thrash out a way forward for English football's top 20 clubs this season. The coronavirus has forced the suspension of English football until April 3, with Villa 's games against Chelsea and Newcastle United postponed. Covid-19, as it is more formally known, has halted play in the top four divisions until the beginning at the earliest. However, the season could last into the summer after UEFA postponed this summer's European Championships until next year, paving the way for domestic football to continue June and July. And that is all going to be discussed in today's big meeting, one Villa fans will be desperate to know the outcome of. Here's everything you need to know... When will the meeting take place? The meeting will take place on Thursday morning via a conference call involving Premier League bosses and all 20 clubs. The meeting will take place via a conference cal..

Aston Villa will be in attendance at a meeting between Premier League clubs as they thrash out a way forward for English football's top 20 clubs this season.

The coronavirus has forced the suspension of English football until April 3, with Villa 's games against Chelsea and Newcastle United postponed.

Covid-19, as it is more formally known, has halted play in the top four divisions until the beginning at the earliest.

However, the season could last into the summer after UEFA postponed this summer's European Championships until next year, paving the way for domestic football to continue June and July.

And that is all going to be discussed in today's big meeting, one Villa fans will be desperate to know the outcome of.

Here's everything you need to know…

When will the meeting take place?

The meeting will take place on Thursday morning via a conference call involving Premier League bosses and all 20 clubs. The meeting will take place via a conference call as a ban has been placed on non-essential social contact in the UK in a bid to keep down the risk of COVID-19 being spread.

Who will be in attendance?

The conference call will be led by Premier League interim chair Claudia Arney and will include one representative from each of the 20 Premier League clubs.

Arney was involved in last week's call alongside Premier League chief executive Richard Masters. It is thought that Arney, this time around, will have a more leading role in discussions.

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What is on the agenda?

The need for this conference call is to solely focus on the long-term implications of this unforeseen and unpredictable scenario that the Premier League currently finds itself in.

The call, unsurprisingly, will include expert advice to all 20 clubs and they will all receive modelling that will show a variation of outcomes to the season. Clubs will be shown a number of options to see how the season could come to its conclusion.

But it is important to stress that these options will, at least today, start a discussion opposed to a final decision being made today.

When is the season likely to end?

At this stage the answer to that question is anybody's guess, though the Premier League and almost all of its clubs do have the ambition for the season to reach a natural conclusion.

As the coronavirus outbreak is currently worsening in the UK, it would be impossible for the Premier League to issue a concrete answer on when the season could end at this moment in time.

Could the season be declared 'null and void'?

Though there is no guarantee that this outcome can be avoided for certain, there is no desire from the Premier League to take up this option. No other European league has taken up this option, so it would be very surprising if the Premier League were to do so.

For the season to be declared 'null and void', it would have to be a majority agreement, which, at this moment in time, is unlikely.

Why not extend the end date to the season?

As UEFA announced on Tuesday, following their postponement of Euro 2020, they want to allow European leagues to reach their natural conclusion by June 30, should the situation have improved by then.

Clubs have ambitions to play all 38 league games if they are able to.

Should it take up to June 30 to finish the season, it would, of course, have a knock-on effect for the start of next season, with former EFL chief executive Shaun Harvey, who appeared on Sky Sports on Monday evening, confirming that 11 weeks would be required to finish this current season, meaning the start of next season would have to be pushed back.

The Premier League, ideally, would like to start the 2020/21 season on time in August but that may not be possible.

Could matches be moved behind closed doors?

Right now, it appears unlikely that any football matches in England will be played behind closed doors, as each match requires at least one ambulance to be in attendance in case of a serious injury.

But with paramedic crews already being pushed to the maximum in this current crisis, it would be unnecessary for ambulance crews to have to be on standby at a football match just in case.

Until the pandemic is under control and contained, it seems unreasonable to expect any matches to take place, even without supporters present.

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