By Craig Scott

29th Apr, 2020 | 11:00am

'I don't want to be a doomsday merchant...' - Simon Jordan says Leeds now in dangerous territory

Former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan believes that it is becoming increasingly likely that Leeds United will see their promotion bid scrapped by the EFL.

Leeds fans are hoping and praying that the currently-suspended 2019/20 season is not declared null and void with them top of the Championship table and seven points clear of third with nine matches left to play.

It is the closest the Whites have been to returning to the Premier League via automatic promotion since being relegated in 2004 and if the season is cancelled, they will have to start again from scratch.

Jordan is an advocate for the 2019/20 season being written-off and as much as he does not want to be spreading the doom and gloom, he believes that the threat of coronavirus is far too big to think about football coming back.

“The best-case scenario is that we lose this season,” Jordan said on talkSPORT on Tuesday, as quoted by WalesOnline.

“Liverpool aren’t champions, Leeds aren’t promoted, Aston Villa aren’t relegated, Norwich aren’t relegated, Crewe are not promoted.

“I think we are really into that territory now. I don’t see how we can’t be.

“We’ve got a disease, as much as I don’t want to be a doomsday merchant, that we don’t have a vaccine for.

“Despite the fact that everyone going to work and spreading it is an issue, everyone isn’t spitting and kicking one another and putting sweat over one another as footballers do.

“You cannot have a situation whereby a global sport of this magnitude has a player that becomes infected, which is an absolute inevitability, because they’re going to get infected until we find a vaccine.

“And if something dreadful happens, what happens to sport then? Corporate manslaughter? Is that what we’re going to talk about next?”

They are some big and worrying claims by Jordan, who usually offers a very measured view on all things football whenever he is on talkSPORT.

We agree with him that there should be no chances taken with the virus but why not just wait until things are safe again and resume the season at that point? Why does this season have to be scrapped?

It might be the easiest way to go about things but imagine the lawsuits that will be filed against the Premier League and EFL.

There is so much money in the top-end of English football that this seems impractical.

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