Simon Jordan: The Premier League season should be scrapped due to COVID-19

  • Kobe Tong

The future of the 2019/20 Premier League season remains in the balance.

It’s unclear whether England’s top division will return to action as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread across the country and the world, bringing tragedy and heartbreak in its wake.

Belgium and the Netherlands have both called an end to their current football campaigns, the former confirming Club Brugge’s status as champions and the latter denying Ajax the Eredivisie title.

The next domino to fall was France’s Ligue 1 and the process of deciding what will happen to promotions, relegations and Paris Saint-Germain’s championship hopes are ongoing.

However, the Premier League seem to be flying in the faces of those western European nations by tentatively working on a strategy, named ‘Project Restart’, to return to action as early as June.

Should the season be voided?

But you have to wonder whether implementing such strict hygiene rules and complex logistics is worth the risk to health when, at the end of the day, sport is so unimportant in this troubling time.

And former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan is seeing less and less point in the Premier League season continuing, opining that the campaign should be rendered null and void.

“I think we are in a situation where the best case scenario in my view is that we lose the season,” Jordan said live on talkSPORT.

Liverpool to miss out on the title?

Liverpool aren’t champions, Leeds aren’t promoted, Aston Villa aren’t relegated, Norwich aren’t relegated. We are really into that territory now.

“As much as I don’t want to be a doomsday merchant, we have got a disease we don’t have a vaccine for, while this isn’t a problem in everyone’s workplace, everyone isn’t spitting and kicking each other as footballers do. 

“You cannot have a situation where a global sport of this magnitude has a player who becomes infected, which is an absolute inevitability because they are going to get infected until we find a vaccine.

“And what happens then, corporate manslaughter?”

He’s got a point.

As much as we’d all love to see the Premier League back on our screens, with fans or without them, there’s no point hastily returning to professional sports when it could put people at risk. 

Ensuring that not a single member of the playing and coaching staff contracts the virus is going to be a monumental task and one error could lead to the league being postponed all over again.

Like so many things in this uncertain time, the future of the Premier League remains unclear and continuing the season may cause more heartbreak than Liverpool losing the title might.

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