Premier League big six ‘form alliance’ to reject proposed June 30 cut-off date

The Premier League's Big Six will put on a united front at Friday's crisis meeting and reject proposals to end the season by June 30.

All top-flight clubs will convene on Friday morning as the sport continues to grapple with the unprecedented coronavirus crisis gripping the world.

Having previously looked at the matter of finances and player remuneration, the focus of this online meeting is understood to be on how best to complete the remainder of the 2019/20 season.

Reports have suggested that nine clubs are in favour of ending the campaign by June 30, with the complications of contract expiration dates among the key issues.

But The Sun claims that the top-flight's big guns will come out fighting and join forces to dismiss those calls, with Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham all reluctant to set a cut-off date for the season.

A source told the publication: "This is simply not the time to be having these conversations. It is far, far too early."

It is understood that the proposal to have the season wrapped up by the end of June is not down as an agenda point on Friday, but the matter will surely be raised given the apparent number of supporters behind it.

Planning for the conclusion of the campaign looks tough for top-flight stakeholders given the uncertain backdrop, with the Premier League already having stated that play will not resume until "it is safe and appropriate to do so".

The Government extended the lockdown period by at least another three weeks on Thursday, and Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder does not expect a deadline to be set for the season's conclusion.

"I'm sure that we will adjust accordingly," the Blades boss told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

"I think for the integrity of the competition and competitions, especially the top end of English football and European football, they'll want to finish the season.

"I believe that there will be an ability next year to adjust, with international breaks, with moving a few games into midweek. We have that ability through organisation and planning to finish this season off.

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