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Coronavirus football Q&A and impact on how illness has affected global sports

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What is Coronavirus and what are the symptoms of this?

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways, with common symptoms including having a continuous cough and having an abnormally high temperature.

What does this mean for football?

In a meeting on Friday, it was announced that all Premier League, Championship, League One and League Two football had been suspended to at least April 3rd. Finishing the campaign on time already looks impossible and it is now likely the European Championship will postponed in order to reschedule outstanding fixtures for the summer. The worst scenario would be failing to complete the season at all, with the season potentially being considered as void.

Will football realistically resume on April 3rd?

It’s looks increasing unlikely. Officials acknowledge that if government predictions about the peak of the coronavirus is correct, then a further postponement is inevitable. Football, and all other sports, faces the prospect of being put on hold until the end of the summer.

Will Liverpool still win the Premier League?

According to The Telegraph, there would be “no guarantee” that Liverpool would be crowned Premier League champions if the current season was cut short due to the ongoing coronavirus epidemic.

It would be a hugely disappointing blow for the Anfield side who are on course to lift their first ever Premier League trophy – and first league title on 30 years.

What about relegation and promotion, could Bournemouth, Aston Villa and Norwich remain in the Premier League and will West Brom and Leeds be promoted?

The Telegraph have revealed a proposal that Instead of the standard 20 clubs, the Premier League would be comprised of 22 teams next season, with the Championship’s current top two being promoted to the top-flight.

Leeds United and West Brom – first and second in the Championship, respectively, at present – would subsequently become Premier League clubs.

What would happen to the transfer window?

If the finishes after it is scheduled to reopen, it would have to be postponed to avoid clubs improving their squads for the rearranged run-in and destroying the integrity of the competition. This could result a worldwide hiatus from the transfer window to avoid rival foreign clubs gaining an unfair advantage in the market.

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