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Sunderland Ladies suffer devastation after the season is declared void due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic

Charlotte Potts of Sunderland Ladies congratulates Claudia Moan after a save during the SSE Women’s FA Cup Fifth Round match between Sunderland Ladies and Birmingham City Women at Eppleton Colliery Welfare, Hetton le Hole on Sunday 16th February 2020. (Photo by Mark Fletcher/MI News/NurPhoto)

Sport around the world has come to a sudden halt as the Coronavirus situation escalates and various governments take measures to ensure safety. All football across England was stopped as a result and Sunderland Ladies were one of the many teams waiting for the decision to hear how the season would conclude.

The decision came fast and the FA announced that all football below tier three will end with immediate effect. As a consequence of this decision, all teams will have their results expunged and there will be no promotion and relegation. While some teams consider themselves to be lucky, Sunderland Ladies will rue the decision after they were sitting comfortably 11 points clear at the top of the league with a game in hand.

Sunderland are no strangers to being on the bad end of a decision made by the FA. Only two seasons ago they were relegated for being unable to pay the funds required to stay in the top leagues, despite being a team that challenged the heavyweights of the league like Arsenal.

Sunderland Ladies were flying high this season, as they were sitting top of the league unbeaten, coming off their latest dominant win at home against Stoke City 4-2. Now an all but guaranteed promotion into the championship has been scuppered as a result of this cruel decision.