The Premier League Will Not Be Voided
Monday, 11th May 2020 22:07
With the news that those clubs in danger of relegation are against playing behind closed doors at neutral venues and the suspicion that some are doing so in the hope of the season being declared void, the FA has issued a stark warning.
Premier League clubs have been warned by the Football Association that the 2019/20 season must be decided on sporting merit thus ruling out the possibility of the season being declared null and void, with no relegation in an FA intervention at the teleconference meeting of Premier League executives today (Monday).
Whichever way Premier League clubs vote on how to proceed, the future must include promotion and relegation, clubs were told.
This means that runaway league leaders Liverpool will almost certainly claim their first top tier title in 30 years and that three clubs will be relegated.
Whether that is by the League being completed or a ending of the league by a points weighting system over the last 9 games, is yet to be decided, but those clubs at the bottom who were looking for a six team majority to vote against playing the season and hoping that it being declared null and void would see them safe now know that this will not be the case.
That will possibly see the current bottom three changing their opposition to neutral venues and accept that this way forward is better than them being relegated without another ball being kicked.
The government will also be asked by the Premier League to reconsider its requirement for games to be held in neutral grounds after clubs expressed concern that this removal of "home advantage" undermines the integrity of the competition.
Sky News is reporting that it understands the government is open-minded about the possibility of playing games home and away, but the decision hinges on advice given by officials, including the Sports Grounds Safety Authority.
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