Simon Jordan has argued that it makes “scant sense” for English football to be rushed back during the Coronavirus pandemic just so Leeds United and West Brom can be promoted.
The Whites find themselves stuck in a state of limbo after the Championship campaign was suspended in an effort to arrest the spread of the virus, with no concrete indication on if or when the season will be completed.
EFL chairman Rick Parry has since told a DCMS select committee that the prospect of the Premier League blocking promotion from the second tier could lead to a “very messy” legal battle.
The senior figure also claimed that he still expects three teams to be promoted from the Championship into the top flight.
But Jordan has argued that prioritising ways of ensuring the season is completed as initially expected could be a bad idea.
Writing in a column for The Sun, he said: “In the 1974 Charity Shield, two domestic powerhouses playing in that game, Liverpool and Leeds, would never have thought, 46 years later, one would be vying for their first championship in 30 years and the other out of the elite for nearly two decades.
“They will both be apoplectic about any voiding notion.
“But bringing back football in the eye of a pandemic, to protect Premier League broadcast deals which can be renegotiated, to give Liverpool the title and perhaps promote Leeds and West Brom, makes scant sense to the majority of the football world.”
Clearly, prioritising sporting competition over public health or the safety of those taking part is not what anybody is advocating for.
But surely Jordan must be able to see that it would be hugely unfair to declare this season null and void, denying Leeds promotion after such a long and painstaking journey back to the Premier League.
If play cannot be resumed this year then it would make just as much sense to decide league standings based on a points per game average.
A large part of this debate boils down to which is more important – a season in which all but nine games have been played, or a season in which a ball has yet to be kicked?
Common sense surely dictates that it is the former.
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