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Premier League Yet To Discuss Ending The Football Season – Brighton CEO


Brighton and Hove Albion CEO Paul Barber says there have not yet been any discussions between Premier League clubs over voiding the season.
Professional football in the United Kingdom has been suspended indefinitely amid the coronavirus pandemic, with no firm plans in place on how to finish the remaining 2019-20 fixtures.

While clubs remain in talks as to how to proceed, Barber has conceded all options are being assessed, though none are likely to prove satisfactory for all parties.

“We’ve all got a degree of self-interest when it comes to our different situations,” Barber told Sky Sports.

“Liverpool are very keen to play out the season because they’ve got a chance of winning the Premier League title, so it’s totally understandable. Other teams have a chance of Champions League or Europa League qualification and we’re battling relegation.

“I was asked a question, ‘Is it possible to end the season and have Liverpool as champions, nobody relegated and the top two in the Championship coming up?’ I said, ‘Any idea in a crisis is a potentially good idea.’

“Whether it’s fair or right is a very big and debatable point. The problem we have is, whatever happens, the ending to the season is going to be imperfect.

“We’re either going to finish the season behind closed doors, which is imperfect because the fans want to be there and we don’t want an artificiality for those games, or we’re going to finish the season with a massive delay which brings other issues to contend with, or we’re not going to finish at all, in which case there has to be some kind of formula for how the season ends.

“Our priority remains to try and finish the season when it’s safe to do so but 500, 600 people a day are losing their lives and it doesn’t feel right to be pushing to play football again.”

Asked whether declaring the league campaign null and void has ever been an option, Barber responded: “No it hasn’t.

“From everyone’s point of view as I have said many times before this crisis started, we go into a season wanting to play out 38 games and we want to do that by playing 19 games at home and 19 games away from home.”

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