The coronavirus outbreak could further affect Sheffield United’s season as the FA Cup could be cancelled, according to the Mirror.
The Blades are one of the quarter-finalists that were due to play this weekend. However, those fixtures have been suspended until at least April 3.
Yet most footballing bodies think it is extremely unlikely that matches will resume on that date.
It means that the Football Association have the same issues as the Premier League, in that they don’t know when the remaining games can be played.
The summer has now been freed up, with BBC Sport reporting that Euro 2020 has indeed been postponed until 2021.
There is a possibility that the FA Cup final could be held instead of the Community Shield ahead of the new season. Or a mini tournament could be staged with the remaining eight teams to find a winner.
Either way the FA are determined not to cancel the world’s oldest cup. But with so much uncertainty around when football might resume, that remains a possibility.
How coronavirus has affected the Blades away from the FA Cup
The other issue for the FA is if they can rearrange cup fixtures around Premier League matches. There are nine or ten games remaining for those in England’s top flight – which has also been suspended until April 3 at the earliest.
They will also want to play those before the 2020/21 campaign is due to begin on August 8. Otherwise there is a chance this term’s Premier League could also be null and void.
In that scenario, the 2018/19 standings would be taken for European qualification – therefore ending United’s hopes. They wouldn’t be relegated, though.
The postponement of Euro 2020 will give the Premier League a little more flexibility when it comes to rearranging fixtures.
Although an added layer of confusion has been added by the fact some players will be out of contract on June 30. If the league continues into July, do they stay with their current clubs? Or leave and potentially join new ones?