West Ham United would be safe from relegation or face a play-off to avoid it if the Premier League adopts suggestions currently being mooted in Italy.

Serie A has been shut down amid the devastating coronavirus outbreak in Italy.

But the Premier League was set to carry on regardless this weekend with West Ham due to play Wolves at the London Stadium.

That was until Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta – who was pictured cuddling and shaking hands with West Ham boss David Moyes last Saturday – and Chelsea winger Callum Hudson Odoi tested posted for the disease.

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The Arsenal and Chelsea squads will now self-isolate.

There is an emergency meeting of the Premier League and its clubs today and an announcement is expected to shut down the league for a set period of time.

Over in Italy there is serious talk of cancelling the season (The Sun).

The season could be chalked off entirely with no winners or relegation. The summer’s Euros are also in doubt.

FIGC president Gabriele Gravina has put forward a host of scenarios should coronavirus end the 2019-20 season.

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West Ham would be safe or face play-off under plans from Italy

The first of which would see no winner being named and the 2020-21 season starting with the same 20 teams as this term – with no relegations and therefore no promotions from Serie B, either.

 
In the first and last proposals West Ham, currently 16th and out of the relegation on goal difference, would be safe.

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Premier League holding emergency meeting

But it is unclear how a play-off system would work. While Norwich are widely considered to be doomed, mathematically they could still stay up if they won the majority of their remaining games.

A play-off system usually involves four teams – which again would see West Ham safe as things stand.

But it could be that the bottom six are put into a play-off system to decide the three teams to drop.

Of course there are so many ifs and buts.

Fans should know more after the Premier League’s emergency meeting this morning.

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