Robbie Fowler has claimed that a promotion prize of £100million is on the line for Leeds United, West Brom and the rest of their top Championship rivals if the season is voided.
On Saturday, the EFL re-iterated their desire to complete all remaining matches of the season with all Championship clubs, including leaders Leeds, having nine games to play before the play-offs.
Winning promotion to the Premier League is one of the most lucrative things that can happen to a football club and Fowler believes that the potential legal issues with voiding the season would hit Leeds and second-placed West Brom hard in the pocket as they’d be denying the chance to win game-changing sums of cash.
Leeds are unlikely to be able to afford another season in the Championship with Marcelo Bielsa at the helm while the Baggies will start their final season of parachute payments.
Both clubs would feel they’d be owed a fair bit of money if their promotion bids are cancelled and ex-Whites forward Fowler has warned the Premier League and EFL of potential legal action if the season is voided.
Writing for the Mirror, Fowler said: “Voiding the season would lead to all kinds of legal challenges – and so would any attempt to rule that league tables should stand from the date the lockdown came.
“I don’t envy the men who are paid the big bucks to make these decisions.
“But my preference would be for the season to be played to completion, regardless of whether that eats into the rest of the year.
He added: “But my views aren’t just based on Liverpool’s fate.
“Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Leicester were challenging for the two top-four places still available when the game was halted.
“Another seven at the bottom of the table were fighting relegation, while Leeds, West Brom and a clutch of play-off hopefuls in the Championship were bidding to land the £100million promotion prize.”
They simply cannot void the season, it is the least fair way to deal with things.
As difficult as it may be due to money, contracts, transfers, loans, sponsorships and other commercial deals, finishing the currently-suspended season is the fairest way to approach this issue.
However that can only happen when it’s safe and we’re all kind of resigned to the fact it’ll take place behind closed doors.
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