Lawsuits predicted by Coventry City Chief as football authorities issue coronavirus update

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Coventry City chief Dave Boddy’s prediction that lawsuits could be flying left, right and centre by football clubs has taken a step closer to becoming a reality.

The Sky Blues CEO made the claims in response to the argument that the 2019/20 season could be declared null and void amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Boddy remains hopeful that the fixture schedule will resume to enable the campaign to reach a natural conclusion – City having ten games left to play to secure promotion to the Championship – but concerns are growing with the news that the lay-off is expected to be hit by a third postponement, extending the schedule beyond April 30.

And the null and void scenario has already kicked in at the lower end of the football pyramid.

South Shields are threatening legal action after their table-topping Betvictor Northern Premier League campaign has beenvoided.

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Match stream

Coventry City will be streaming a historic match via club media in the absence of regular football.

Coventry faced Notts County in May 2018 in League Two play-off semi-final at Meadow Lane, with the aggregate scoreline fixed at 1-1.

A place in the final was to play for, and the scores were balanced.

While we all know what happened next, the Sky Blues will be showcasing the fixture live in the traditional Saturday 3pm slot this afternoon on their Youtube channel – the full ninety minutes.

It’s a good fix of football, and fans will be able to share their views on the match with others – due to a live chat taking place alongside the stream.

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Statement

The Premier League have this evening issued a statement confirming that they will work alongside the EFL and Professional Footballers Association (PFA) in an attempt to mitigate the economic impact clubs will face following the suspension of the 2019/20 season.

All elite-level football in England is currently on hold until April 30, at the very earliest, due to the coronavirus outbreak taking hold across the country, with the number of cases of COVID-19 continuing to rise on a daily basis.

The outbreak of the virus, of course, has had severe effects on the remainder of the current season, with no official decision having yet been made on when the season is likely to resume or end, as the restart date of April 30 appears as though it may be quashed, as the UK currently finds itself under a lockdown, meaning players are unable to train together at their respective clubs.

But it is the financial implications that clubs are set to suffer most from, with the lack of match-day revenue likely to hit clubs, certainly towards the lower end of the English football pyramid, hard.

Relatively rich clubs with Premier League status will feel the pinch as the situation drags on, but right now it is clubs lower down the standings – in the National League and EFL that will feel an immediate impact, clubs like Coventry City.

In a statement released on Friday evening, the Premier League said: “The Premier League, EFL and PFA met today and discussed the growing seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It was stressed that the thoughts of all three organisations continue to be with everyone affected by the virus.

“The Premier League, EFL and PFA agreed that difficult decisions will have to be taken in order to mitigate the economic impact of the current suspension of professional football in England and agreed to work together to arrive at shared solutions.

“The leagues will not recommence until 30 April at the earliest. They will only do so when it is safe and conditions allow.

“Further meetings will take place next week with a view to formulating a joint plan to deal with the difficult circumstances facing the leagues, their clubs, players, staff and fans.”

Spending fears

Coventry City boss Mark Robins revealed recently that he’s pressing ahead with his recruitment plans for the club during the summer transfer window.

But with the news that English football is set to be hit with a third postponement, the Sky Blues and fellow clubs simply don’t know when they will be able to start trading in the summer transfer window.

City, like the rest of the EFL and Premier League clubs, were hoping to resume their season by April 30 but a latest meeting by the football authorities has revealed that a new return date is set to be revealed next week.

A memo to clubs says: ‘It would now appear that recommencing professional football on 30 April is not going to happen and, following further dialogue with the Premier League next week, we will provide further information’.

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