Match of the Day pundit Alan Shearer has insisted that every option should be explored to finish the domestic seasons, but if it proves impossible then the 19/20 campaigns should be voided.
He said there would be obvious losers and namechecked Liverpool and Leeds as the teams that would be most hard done by.
Writing in his column in the Sun, Shearer said that Sergio Aguero was right to be concerned about returning to play and said that player safety should be paramount – something he said was “impossible” at the moment.
He pointed to the major setback in Germany when three FC Cologne staff tested positive for Coronavirus after training resumed in Germany ahead of the Bundesliga restart.
“There is only so far you can go before they may have to look at voiding the season,” Shearer said.
“With my player hat on, I would be desperate to be back out there — but only when it is safe to do so.
“If it isn’t completed, which still looks very possible, then I can’t see how you can give clubs what they may or may not have won.
“We all agree Liverpool are going to win the league but would they really want to be handed the title?
“As I said, there are going to be clubs left feeling hard done by.
“Whether that’s Liverpool not winning the league, Leeds not getting promoted… there will be losers to this.”
Shearer is in the minority here – thankfully for Leeds.
The noise coming from the EFL and UEFA is that the governing bodies want seasons to be concluded on ‘sporting merit’ if fixtures can’t be completed.
For UEFA that means the 20/21 European competitions having teams participating that would protect sporting integrity.
Voiding would be the disaster scenario for Leeds United, who are said to be ready to lobby for promotion if the season doesn’t get finished. [Athletic]
And voiding doesn’t make much sense to us with just nine fixtures remaining of the season.
However, promotion from the Championship could be reliant on teams getting relegated from the Premier League.
They’re set for a crunch meeting on Friday and the vote that’s taken then could go a long way to deciding Leeds’ future.
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