By Matt Hughes For Mailonline
Published: 11:33 BST, 3 September 2020 | Updated: 11:46 BST, 3 September 2020
Premier League clubs will today vote on a proposal committing them to curtailing next season if the Board concludes that it cannot be completed in full by a deadline of 11 August.
Sportsmail has learned that while the clubs remain committed to completing the 2021-22 campaign, if at all possible, the Board are proposing the introduction of what sources describe as a 'back-stop date' 80 days after the scheduled end of the season on 23 May.
This would be used to trigger a curtailment vote if the deadline could not be met.
Liverpool won the Premier League title in 2019-20 following a season that was disrupted by three months thanks to the coronavirus pandemic
In a sign of what is expected to be a heated meeting today however, the Premier League's Curtailment Working Group have been unable to agree on a threshold at which sporting consequences, such as awarding titles, promotion and relegation and European qualification, should apply to an abandoned season and the clubs will be given two options.
In another crucial ballot the clubs will be asked to vote on whether the season should be deemed to be complete after either 66 per cent or 75 per cent of the scheduled matches have been played.
If an uneven number of matches had been played at that point then points-per-game would be used to determine final league positions.
The difference between the two proposed models is only four Premier League match rounds, but such are the stakes of staying in the top flight and the financial