Boris Johnson is set to deliver “crushing news” to Leeds United and other clubs on Monday, with the announcement that football will stay behind closed doors until there’s a vaccine for Covid-19.
The Sun reports that Johnson is set to state, “No vaccine, no fans” and that could see at least half of the next season played without fans.
The report claims it will put some clubs out of business.
Johnson is set to publish a 40-page document today and deliver plans to the House of Commons this afternoon.
The Premier League is set to meet later on today to discuss a roadmap back for football, although a vote isn’t likely to take place now until next Monday on Project Restart.
However, it looks like sport will have to play on without fans for the foreseeable future.
That’s particularly harsh for Leeds and Liverpool fans.
Leeds fans will have to accept that they’re not going to see their team get promoted in person – even if the Championship season does resume.
What’s more, if they are promoted as seems likely, fans are probably not going to be able to get into Elland Road for at least the first half of the season.
Likewise, Liverpool fans won’t get to watch their side win the Premier League for the first time.
This might not be the most pressing concern with people’s lives in danger but it is terrible news for fans. That’s without getting into the financial impact to Leeds.
The government’s chief medical officer Chris Whitty has said the chances of finding a vaccine in this calendar year are “incredibly small”.
It could feasibly lead to the whole of the 20/21 season playing behind closed doors, which would lead to a financial black hole for many clubs, Leeds included.
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