Pierpaolo Marino, director of Udinese, a club also run by the Pozzo family who own Watford, has claimed that the Premier League is "about to announce its season is over" due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Marino spoke to Sportitalia after Belgium’s Jupiler League declared it would not resume, with Club Brugge already crowned champions, and said the Premier League would be making a similar statement.

“The Belgian Federation has already sanctioned the end of their league, despite the threats of sanctions from UEFA,” he said.

“In England, the Premier League is about to release a similar statement, because the situation there is becoming very, very serious. I frankly just hope we can enjoy football again after the coronavirus.

“It doesn’t matter how long it takes, we need to get out of this danger zone. I am worried for the next seasons, not the old one.”