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Scrap season if it can’t be finished by end of June says Kane


London (AFP) – England captain Harry Kane said on Sunday the Premier League season should be cancelled if it cannot be completed by the end of June because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The English top-flight is currently suspended until at least April 30 due to the COVID-19 outbreak, with a likely further delay to be announced soon.

There is no clear idea about when or if football will be able to resume, but Euro 2020 has been cancelled, which opens a window to bring domestic seasons to a conclusion in the summer.

But Tottenham striker Kane does not want Premier League chiefs to let the current campaign go past June or even the start of what would be the 2020-21 season in August, as has been suggested in some quarters.

“I know the Premier League will do everything they can to finish the season, and that they are looking at every option possible,” Kane said in an Instagram Live conversation with former Liverpool star Jamie Redknapp.

“I think, for me, we do need to try to finish the season. But there needs to be a point where enough is enough.

“Playing into July or August and pushing next season back I don’t see too much benefit in that. But obviously I don’t know too much about behind the scenes and financially.

“Probably the limit for me is the end of June. If the season’s not completed by the end of June we need to look at the options and just look forward to next season.”

Premier League matches could potentially be staged behind closed doors in a bid to complete this campaign once the current lockdown in Britain is over.

Kane does not think dragging out the season will help anyone though, especially if it delays the next term.

“The further this season is pushed on, it would have such a big knock-on effect for next season, with the Euros in 2021, and even World Cup 2022. But that’s just my opinion,” he said.

“Football is secondary at the moment. I know there still have to be plans in place, and I’m sure everyone is trying to do that.

“All that is out of my hands though, there’s nothing I can do personally, so from my point of view we’ve just got to wait and see what happens. Hopefully this clears up as soon as possible, and we can try to get back to normal.”

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3 Comments

  1. Rye Brook

    March 29, 2020 at 10:11 pm

    I saw a Guardian article that people are turning to the Belarus league to get their fix. Can we expect to watch it on Fubo, Sling etc?

    No big deal either way, but starting to think about services I should cancel in next week or two, such as espn+ which was great but never watch now, and to make sure SportsGold doesn’t auto renew because they’re effectively history in any event it seems. Might keep fubo for some other stuff but even that’s hard to justify without any current futbol.

    • Christopher Harris

      March 30, 2020 at 11:26 am

      No one has the rights to the Belarussian league in the United States. You can watch it via their official website with a VPN. However, I don’t think it’s likely that one of the US TV networks or streaming providers will pick up the league because it’s quite possible it could be suspended in the very near future.

  2. Yespage

    March 29, 2020 at 9:49 pm

    There are a few options.

    1) End the season after 19 games in. Each team played each team once, call it quits there and base pro/relegation from there.

    2) End season now with no pro/releg or with pro/releg

    3) Pretend it never happened.

    Honestly, none of the options are really that good. Liverpool has put the FA in an odd spot with being unparalleled with their lead at this point. They were presumed champs back in January.

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