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The Premier League Will Not Be Voided
Monday, 11th May 2020 22:07

With the news that those clubs in danger of relegation are against playing behind closed doors at neutral venues and the suspicion that some are doing so in the hope of the season being declared void, the FA has issued a stark warning.

Premier League clubs have been warned by the Football Association that the 2019/20 season must be decided on sporting merit thus ruling out the possibility of the season being declared null and void, with no relegation in an FA intervention at the teleconference meeting of Premier League executives today (Monday).

Whichever way Premier League clubs vote on how to proceed, the future must include promotion and relegation, clubs were told.

This means that runaway league leaders Liverpool will almost certainly claim their first top tier title in 30 years and that three clubs will be relegated.

Whether that is by the League being completed or a ending of the league by a points weighting system over the last 9 games, is yet to be decided, but those clubs at the bottom who were looking for a six team majority to vote against playing the season and hoping that it being declared null and void would see them safe now know that this will not be the case.

That will possibly see the current bottom three changing their opposition to neutral venues and accept that this way forward is better than them being relegated without another ball being kicked.

The government will also be asked by the Premier League to reconsider its requirement for games to be held in neutral grounds after clubs expressed concern that this removal of "home advantage" undermines the integrity of the competition.

Sky News is reporting that it understands the government is open-minded about the possibility of playing games home and away, but the decision hinges on advice given by officials, including the Sports Grounds Safety Authority.

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saintmark1976 added 09:48 - May 12
Nick,as I'm sure you understand and appreciate there is often a world of difference between what any organisation puts out as a statement of possible intent and what subsequently occurs.

I suspect that on this occasion the F A may well simply be threatening the clubs currently in relegation trouble in an attempt to bring the matter to a conclusion. Will they actually proceed as they suggest and open themselves up to legal action by relegated clubs? Personally I very much doubt it.
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highfield49 added 11:26 - May 12
Does all the speculation about litigation, from Sky, BT etc if the season isn't completed, apply to Golf, Cricket, Tennis, Rugby, Darts, F1 and every other televised sport? I presume that the legal profession wouldn't be able to discriminate against one sport in isolation from others. Some sports have been curtailed and others might not have started but the obligation to meet their contracts can't be any different?
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wibbersda added 16:51 - May 12
Shame it's not voided then the 9-0 debacle would no longer be valid in the history books!.
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