Chris Sutton has disputed claims from Norwich City sporting director Stuart Webber that Leeds United do not deserve to be promoted if the Championship season cannot be completed.
The Canaries chief told Sky Sports on Wednesday that his club will not be willing to accept relegation from the Premier League if the second tier is ended early – even if the top flight is played to its natural conclusion.
His comments have since been echoed by Brighton and Hove Albion striker Glenn Murray.
But Sutton has snapped back at Webber, claiming that the bottom three have to be willing to accept their fate.
Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live (7.30), he said: “We are too far down the road this season in terms of nulling and void the season, but I think that Norwich – I know they are bottom of the league – they have just got to get on with it.
“I am not sure where the Championship stands, it still looks iffy whether it is going to come back or not. It doesn’t seem to be an absolutely sure thing for them to come back, so in that respect they just have to get on with it.
“If Norwich finish in the bottom three – and they finish the games and that happens all well and good – they deserve to go down, if that’s the case.
“I don’t really think that Norwich and the other teams that finish in the bottom three have a leg to stand on in that argument.”
Sutton’s impartiality on the matter is refreshing.
Webber’s comments – and indeed Murray’s too – are clearly rooted in pure self-interest, rather than any kind of respect for the fairness of the game.
It would be one thing to argue for the season to be voided, but to argue that clubs could play all of their remaining matches, finish in the bottom three, and then escape any kind of negative impact off the back of that is, quite frankly, ridiculous.
Moreover, nobody associated with Leeds wants to see the season cut short.
So why should they be punished for circumstances beyond their control – especially if top flight clubs are given the opportunity to decide their own fate?
It would make no sense whatsoever.
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