Rio Ferdinand: Just void the season, Premier League

Rio Ferdinand: Just void the season, Premier League

According to former Manchester United defender and now BT Sport pundit Rio Ferdinand, the current season should just be voided by the Premier League.

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen major football leagues all over the world being suspended indefinitely or for more than three weeks, with the English Premier League set to return no sooner than April 30th, since its April 13 suspension.

Now, the former England international believes the best way to deal with this would be to just declare the league void and plan on coming in for the 2020/21 season afresh.

Speaking in an Instagram Live, as quoted by The Evening Standard, Ferdinand said: “I just think the Premier League should just be voided. Just void it."

“I know there are going to be a lot of Liverpool fans going, ‘Oh Rio, it’s just because you support Manchester United and it’s Liverpool.’

“It’s not that, it’s just that I don’t see a way that it can be done, where health isn’t compromised. Simple as that.”

The Reds were on course to lift the title in just three games before the League suspension and if the season is played to its completion, they will still lift it, as the gap at the top is too huge to recover for second-place Manchester City.

This is not the first time there have been suggestions of the season being voided, with several former players and stakeholders throwing the idea at the Football Association.

The big question has however always been, what happens to teams that were to be promoted to the top flight and those that were to be relegated?

West Ham vice-chair Karren Brady recently said: “As games in both the Premier League and in the EFL are affected, the only fair and reasonable thing to do is declare the whole season null and void. Who knows who would have gone down or come up if the games have not actually been played in full?”

Liverpool is currently scheduled to return to Premier League action on 2 May with a trip to Arsenal, but it remains to be seen whether there will be further disruptions to the fixture list before then.

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