Radical plans could be introduced if the Premier League season is completely curtailed due to coronavirus – with Liverpool reportedly set to be named Premier League champions, while Leeds and West Brom are likely to be promoted from the Championship.
Top-flight fixtures have been suspended until April 4 at the earliest, but it is feared the campaign may not resume because of the pandemic.
The Premier League will hold an emergency meeting on Thursday to discuss what happens with this season – and the Telegraph has revealed the bold and controversial plans which could be introduced.
According to the report, there is little opposition to handing the Reds their first domestic title in 30 years, with Jurgen Klopp’s men currently 25-points clear and needing just two more wins.
At the other end of the table, one proposal suggests that no teams will be relegated this season, while the current top two in the Championship, Leeds and West Brom, will be promoted for a 22-team season.
This would mean the EFL Cup would have to be scrapped for one year to allow room for the extra fixtures – and FIVE teams could be relegated at the end of next season.
The Premier League would also need to decide how to determine Champions League and Europa League qualification.
UEFA will meet on Tuesday to discuss the future of its competitions, including this summer’s European Championship, after which things may become clearer.
There is no regulation governing what happens if the campaign is cancelled, as football faces the prospect of its longest suspension since the Second World War.
FA chairman Greg Clarke has reportedly told the Premier League that he does not believe the domestic season can be completed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The latest figures show 798 confirmed cases in the UK, including eleven deaths, and health officials fear there could be up to 10,000 unknown infections.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea forward Callum Hudson-Odoi have both tested positive for the virus, although both are already on the mend.
As well as Arsenal and Chelsea, the entire Everton squad is also in self-isolation after a first-team member displayed symptoms.