FA’s stance on Premier League and EFL games being played behind closed doors

The Football Association would prefer the season to be finished with fans inside stadiums – instead of games being played behind closed doors.

All levels of football have been suspended until April 4 at the earliest due to the coronavirus crisis.

The EFL will hold a board meeting today to discuss a possible plan moving forward, while the Premier League will do the same thing tomorrow.

It is increasingly likely that the domestic season will not resume until May or June at the earliest. Euro 2020 has been postponed until next summer, while the finals of both the Champions League and Europa League are expected to be put back to the end of June.

Premier League leaders Liverpool face the genuine prospect of winning their first title in 30 years inside an empty stadium, with fans not allowed to witness the landmark occasion.

FA chief executive Mark Bullingham admits he has no clue if and when the campaign will be completed, but would prefer it to do so without stadiums being empty.

Bullingham said: "Nothing is off the table right now. There are too many parts that are constantly moving to answer that exactly.

"Every option is being looked at. Clearly our preference will always be to play in full stadiums for any event we have, but you can't give a definite answer when so much is uncertain."

The FA are in constant dialogue with Uefa, the Premier League and EFL to discuss what will happen in the coming months and Bullingham insists the footballing family is working overtime to come up with solutions.

He added: "There's no formal get-together of the 55 countries, there are lots of individual working-groups. We're having conversations with Uefa on the women's Euros for example.

"We had lots of conversations with Uefa over the weekend, so it's not like everything starts and stops or only revolves around these big meetings, so lots of work is going on.

"And with the EFL and Premier League, obviously we're being proactive as well. I think all we can do at the moment is to continue to map out scenarios, which obviously get more complicated the longer this goes on. But as I've said all the way through, football has to be flexible at the moment.

"What I would say is that the unity at a domestic level and international level has been fantastic. From my point of view, the football family has really come together in the discussions we've been having."

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