Football leagues to return behind closed doors

Paul Pogba and other French footballers celebrating his goal in the 2018 FIFA Wpr;d Cup PHOTO:file

Football will “no doubt” return behind closed doors but it is “impossible” to know when that will be, says the body that represents Europe’s top leagues.

Alberto Colombo, the deputy general secretary of European Leagues, said the suspension of the season because of the coronavirus pandemic was “a huge crisis”.

“The vast majority” of the association’s members, which include the Premier League and the English Football League, are prioritising a return to action, he said.

But he admitted that “a small number” of countries, including Belgium, were now considering cancelling their campaigns.

Football is suspended indefinitely across most of Europe because of the continued spread of Covid-19.

Premier League clubs are scheduled to meet on Friday to discuss the situation, but there is unlikely to be resumption any time soon to a top-flight season that still has nine rounds of fixtures to play.