FA chairman Greg Clarke has reportedly told the Premier League that he does not believe the domestic season will be completed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Clarke was in attendance for the emergency English top-flight meeting in London, with the decision eventually made to postponed the Premier League, EFL, the FA Women’s Super League and the Women’s Championship until April 3.
The financial losses could be unprecedented if the remainder of the season is cancelled, especially to the English top flight, with TV revenues down by up to £750 million.
Government guidance suggests that COVID-19 will not peak until mid-June, with The Sun claiming Clarke remarked during showdown talks that is completely unrealistic for clubs to complete their schedules this season with cases in the UK continuing to rise.
Brighton & Hove Albion chief executive, Paul Barber, is also believed to have expressed his surprise at the decision to only postpone games until the start of next month – with the worst yet to come.
One senior figure in broadcasting told the publication: “The commercial reality for the Premier League and Uefa is that if they don’t complete their seasons then they are in breach of their broadcasting contracts.
“You would have broadcasters from all around the world saying, ‘In that case we are not paying for the season.’
“For the Premier League alone you are talking around £3 billion income a year from overseas and domestic TV rights.
“There would also be financial implications if the competitions were squeezed, so fewer matches were played.
“Again, broadcasters have signed contracts for an agreed number of matches and so if those matches are not played then it could be argued that the contracts have been breached and compensation must be paid.”
A total of 798 cases of the coronavirus have already been confirmed in the UK. 126,000 people have already been infected globally from COVID-19.
The death toll currently stands at around the 4,600 mark.