COVID-19: Liverpool could be punished as investigation into the role it's Match with A/Madrid might have aid the spread of covid-19, is on

Could this be a Valid reason to deny them of the league Title?

Saturday, April 25, 2020

/ by National Pivot
Liverpool Manager, Jurgen Klopp/Image by Reuters
The debate on whether or not to void the 2019/2020 English Premier League season following the suspension of league games due to outbreak of covid-19, is still on. But the implications of a voided season, makes it quite unlikely as league leaders Liverpool will have to settle for another year without a trophy they last won about 30 years ago.

There's also the concern that beside Liverpool, other yet to be cemented positions such as the remaining Champions league slots, Europa League and relegations are similarly issues of concern.

However, in a latest twist of event, Liverpool FC could see itself punished for its alleged role in the spread of covid-19 in the UK following its Champions League match against Atletico Madrid back in early March.

According to a report by Sky Sports, an academic study into the impact Liverpool's Champions League match against Atletico Madrid might have had on the spread of coronavirus will be undertaken by the city's council.

Over 52,000 fans, 3,000 of them from Madrid which was under a partial lockdown, attended the match at Anfield on March 11, two days before the Premier League was suspended.

Steve Rotheram, mayor of Liverpool City Region, had called for an independent inquiry into whether the match should have taken place.

A council spokesperson told Sky Sports News: "Liverpool City Council, alongside partners at the University of Liverpool and John Moores University, have agreed to explore any impact of COVID-19 as a result of the Aletico Madrid match at Anfield on March 11.

"Liverpool City Council's public health team, alongside partners, is currently assessing the size and scope of the project.

"As the city's current focus is very much on dealing with the pandemic, no timescale or date has yet been set for the completion of the work and when it will be reported."

The match was the last major fixture to have taken place in England, with the Premier League, English Football League and Women's Super League suspending proceedings less than 48 hours later.

There has been no confirmed link between the match and any cases of coronavirus, but earlier this week the government's deputy chief scientific adviser, Angela McLean, said it was an "interesting hypothesis" worthy of further study.

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