The Premier League will hold an emergency meeting on Thursday to discuss the plans for the remainder of the season.
How the Premier League ends could be decided by voting after all. It would require two thirds or 14 clubs to agree to any constitutional change such as voiding the league.
The clubs’ self-interest will play a major part in the case of voting. Chelsea who are sitting in the fourth place are relatively safe regardless of the outcome of the meeting, but will probably lean towards certain options.
Premier League ending scenarios from Chelsea’s perspective
There have been several scenarios proposed on how to end the Premier League season.
One of the options, as mentioned before, is to declare the season null and void. This option would guarantee next season’s Championship League football participation for Chelsea who finished third last term.
The second option is to end the season as it stands.
Again, Chelsea will get next season’s Champions League football as Frank Lampard’s men are fourth in the current standings.
The third option, which seems most sensible for neutral but slightly risky for Chelsea, is to continue the season, either by playing the rest of the games or mini-tournaments.
With a three-point gap to the fifth-placed Manchester United, this option could harm Chelsea’s Champions League goal. Although, the postponement itself could benefit Chelsea for the top-four race.
There would be a possibility that Chelsea could still qualify for the Champions League if they finish fifth, as Manchester City have been banned from the competition for two seasons.
However, with City’s appeal hearing being postponed by Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS), their Champions League ban could also be delayed.
Potential contracts issue
If Premier League were to extend beyond July 1, there would also be problems regarding soon-out-of-contract players at Chelsea such as Willian, Pedro and Olivier Giroud.
There have been suggestions of weekly or monthly contracts until the season ends, but there is no rule stopping these players to refuse such offers.
This would also mean a delay in Hakim Ziyech’s transfer to Stamford Bridge, as there would be no new players registration until the next season starts.
Who knows how or when the Premier League ends with the current global pandemic situation. But from Chelsea’s standpoint, the sooner it ends the better.