Alan Shearer has claimed in his Sun column that if the 2019-20 season cannot be finished, then it should be made null and void – stating that Liverpool should not be crowned Premier League champions, and Leeds should remain in the Championship.
The coronavirus outbreak has caused Premier League and Football League to stop until April 3 at the earliest. Whether the football resumes at that date remains to be seen, but for now, teams and players are currently isolating.
Many have spoken on the issue. Should Liverpool automatically be crowned champions and by that, should Leeds be promoted? Should there be a 22-team Premier League next season? Or should it all just be null and void, and start again in August?
No final decision is to be made but with plenty of supporters and pundits speculating, the footballing authorities have remained quiet since announcing a stoppage until April. Shearer, though, has made his thoughts clear.
Jumping on the side of West Ham vice president Karren Brady and controversial presenter Piers Morgan, Shearer reckons the season should be null and void – if the games cannot be played – even though Liverpool are six poins from the title.
“If, and it is a huge if, the season cannot be completed then there is no way you can have a winner or loser,” Shearer said. “As harsh and as horrible as that would be for some clubs, none more so than Liverpool, it is the only outcome.
“If you cannot complete the fixtures then you cannot go handing out titles or consider relegating anybody. People have spoken of bringing Leeds and West Brom up from the Championship — but there would be uproar from other clubs.
“Sitting seven and six points above third with nine games to go, there is no guarantee they would finish in the top two. For Liverpool, it would be incredibly harsh.”
TBR’s view – Voiding a season is ridiculously harsh
Wasting a year of a professionall footballer’s career? Those that have got injured, all for nothing? Time spent away from families, fans travelling to games, all for it to be completely thrown away?
It seems harsh, and massively unfair on both Liverpool – and Leeds in a similar vein. Liverpool are close to their first title in 30 years, while Leeds are close to returning to the top flight for the first time in 16 years.
With just nine to play in both divisions, would it not make sense to hand Liverpool the title if the games cannot be played – and to form a 22-man Premier League for Leeds and West Brom? Time will tell.