The current Premier League season could be void if 14 of the 20 clubs vote in favour of that outcome, reports the Evening Standard.
As things stand all fixtures are suspended until April 3 in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The intention is to complete the campaign, even if that means extending beyond May.
However, if it cannot be finished before the new season is due to start on August 8 then alternative measures could be imposed.
One of the options is voiding the campaign – which could garner support from certain clubs who have struggled in 2019/20. However, two thirds of the division would have to vote in favour of that.
If the Premier League is void what does that mean for the Blades?
Sheffield United are currently in the hunt for European qualification having enjoyed an excellent return to the top flight.
They are seventh in the table with 43 points and a game in hand over most teams around them. If they won that then they would move up to fifth – which could be enough to qualify for the Champions League if Manchester City’s two-year ban from European club competition is upheld.
But if the season was void then qualifying for Europe would be based on the 2018/19 standings. With the Blades being in the Championship then, they would no longer be in contention.
Instead, Tottenham Hotspur – currently eighth and two points behind United – would get into the Champions League. Arsenal, who finished fifth last term, would also qualify if City are banned.
Third-placed Leicester City would miss out, while arguably the biggest losers would be Liverpool. Voiding the season would see them not lift their first league title in 30 years. This is despite the fact they are 25 points ahead of second-placed Man City and only two wins away from victory.
The only positive news for Chris Wilder’s side is that they wouldn’t be in danger of relegation. All clubs from Newcastle United in 13th downwards would be, though.
Along with the Blades, the most likely teams to oppose voiding the campaign are Liverpool, Leicester, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester United.
The deciding vote could be made by a trio of floating clubs – Burnley, Crystal Palace and Everton.