Leeds United fans have hit back at the idea of the Premier League scrapping relegation this season due to matches being played behind closed doors at neutral venues.
Over the weekend, BBC Sport reported that teams facing the threat of relegation to the Championship are against the idea of playing at neutral stadiums because it is “unfair” when their Premier League status is at risk.
Brighton have come out to say that it would hurt the “integrity” of the competition.
The Athletic journalist Phil Hay has been asked by a Leeds fan whether this stance by the Premier League’s worst clubs is going to hurt Leeds’ and West Brom’s promotion bids.
The former Yorkshire Evening Post reporter said: “It would cause big problems, for sure. Leeds would argue for an expanded EPL but you’re up against the top six clubs who already think they’ve got too many games to cope with.”
it would cause big problems, for sure. Leeds would argue for an expanded EPL but you're up against the top six clubs who already think they've got too many games to cope with.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) May 4, 2020
Hay has a point about the league being expanded because you hear top clubs moaning time and time again about how many matches they have to play.
But who are the Premier League most likely to listen to? Clubs like Aston Villa and Norwich who have been there for just this season, or the top-six heavyweights like Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City?
Leeds fans are furious at the suggestion that relegation could be scrapped and have called out those struggling clubs for their stance.
Here is a selection of their tweets:
Unreal situation! Playing out the season with no relegation threat renders them meaningless friendlies. I could envisage 1 or 2 court cases if this is what prevents LUFC and WBAFC being promoted.
— 1919 – Bielsa 💙💛 (@aclr1972) May 4, 2020
If No relegation. Another season of watching teams like Norwich and Bournemouth struggle every week when everyone in football knows they don’t really deserve to be still there. Mint. 😐
— Diddlysquat2.0 (@rikko71) May 4, 2020
If they refuse promotion, that's a real poke in the eye for any kind of fairness in english football. Wonder how much they care though.
— Charlie Phillips (@charliechar) May 4, 2020
There doesn’t seem to be much point in finishing the season if you don’t have relegation is there? Surely tv won’t be happy as only interest is who finishes 4/5/6th. Has that been seriously discussed?
— Sandy Jarvis (@sandy_jarvis) May 4, 2020
Surely the fact it’s neutral grounds for everyone would make the argument for no relegation a bit hollow, no one is gaining an advantage 🤷🏻♂️
— Ian Smith (@wolfeysmith) May 4, 2020
Private members club, and we could be black balled !
— JT1919💙💛 (@JohnmjtJt1919) May 4, 2020
So effectively the EPL Becomes a closed shop!
— Mark Wilkinson 💙💛 (@mwlufc) May 4, 2020
Money grabbing. Everyone can see these planks for what they are. Seriously unimpressed by Brighton (they're bigwigs seem grounded and well run ont radio). Hope they see sense and dont go down the financial route. @premierleague could do their own TV service and make a mint. #mot
— Michael Shanly (@Shanly89) May 4, 2020
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