According to Sky Sports up to ten clubs want relegation to be scrapped if the Premier League season has to be curtailed.
The Premier League is set to re-start on 17th June after the government gave the go-ahead for competitive sports to resume when safe to do so and on Thursday, this week, the top flight shareholders will vote on what should happen if the season cannot be completed.
Last month, the FA announced that relegation and promotion must happen to keep the football pyramid as it should be and to avoid potential fixture congestion. It seems though, that at least half the Premier League clubs will vote to scrap relegation if the season cannot be completed, rather than follow a points per game system to settle final placings and who goes up and who goes down.
Here’s a little quote from the Sky Sports article:
One top-flight club owner says he would vote for scrapping relegation even though the FA ruled it out last month.
“We would vote for no relegation if the season is curtailed,” he said.
“There are up to 10 clubs who think the same thing.”
I can already hear some wailing and gnashing of teeth coming from the direction of Yorkshire, can’t you?
The EFL Chairman, Rick Parry has already promised legal action if relegation and promotion were scrapped by the top flight, so we’ll see what happens. I imagine that the general thought will still be to try to complete the season normally, but with the population seemingly hell bent on social mingling in the sun on any beach you care to mention, a second peak in COVID-19 infections is far from out of the question.