The Belgian top-flight has become the first league to end their season with immediate effect, crowning table-toppers Club Brugge champions amid the COVID-19 crisis.
This could see a domino effect ripple throughout the rest of the continent, with the Premier League outcome season a hot topic of debate in this country.
Should we follow their footsteps, this could be good news for Liverpool fans, with Brugge being 15 points clear before the decision was made.
Belgian chiefs have also decided that no team shall be relegated, with two from the second tier also being promoted – Leeds United and West Brom fans take note.
They’ve also decided that European spots will be handed out based on where teams were placed the last time a ball was kicked.
Should this approach be replicated in England, Leicester and Chelsea would cement their Champions League spots in the top four, while Manchester United could qualify in 5th if Man City’s appeal to overturn their ban fails.
Speaking hypothetically, Wolves and Sheffield United (6th and 7th) would then qualify for next year’s Europa League if the we adopted this approach in England.
The Premier League may not follow suit, but it would create huge talking points up and down the country if a similar outcome was confirmed during today’s big meeting scheduled between PL chiefs.
If we took a similar action, Norwich would be the real winner here in my opinion, with the Canaries looking dead and buried before play was suspended, sitting six points from safety at the foot of the table.
A decision to keep them in the division and play with a 22 team league next season would have great financial implications for them, something that teams in the Championship play-off places may not be too jubilant to hear.
The Premier League operates as its own entity and any decision is likely to be made with its own best interests in mind regardless of what the rest of Europe does, take VAR for example, but what the Belgian league has done does give us a little bit of food for thought.