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Coronavirus: English Premier League games likely to be played behind closed doors
Due to the coronavirus outbreak in the United Kingdom, premier league clubs are preparing to play the remaining games of the season behind closed doors after Premier League football chiefs sent letters to all 20 clubs warning of the possibility of playing in empty stadiums to ensure the season is completed according to a report by Sun UK.
According to the report, Premier league chiefs will not force clubs to play without fans unless the government urges them to, but there is growing certainty within the football community that matches will eventually be played behind closed doors if the death toll of the dreaded virus continues to escalate.
Everton chief finance officer Sasha Ryazantsev, speaking at the FT Business of Football Summit in London on Thursday, said: “It would be a forced decision rather than one we would proactively engage in.
“But the whole situation goes far beyond the world of sport.
“Of course nobody wants to play behind closed doors and I don’t think it’s inevitable at the moment that it will happen.
“But we feel it is quite likely it may happen in the coming weeks.”