The decision to suspend football in England because of the coronavirus outbreak threatens contract chaos if the decision is taken to extend the season into the summer to complete the league fixtures.
That is because hundreds of footballers will be out of contract on 30th June, which means, theoretically, they will not be available if the season would continue past that date.
It now looks as if clubs will be allowed, by the Premier League and Football League to give them temporary deals to tide them over the short-term crisis, but longer term there is a real concern for those affected about their futures and livelihoods.
On Tuesday, UEFA is widely expected to announce that this summer’s European Championships have been postponed to a later date which, theoretically, would allow space in the calendar for the domestic seasons to be finished.
However, at the same time the projected restart date of the Premier League of April 4th is looking to be increasingly untenable.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.