There is no possibility of relegation from the Premier League if the season ends with no more playing due to the coronavirus outbreak, Brighton and Hove Albion owner Tony Bloom told British media.
The Premier League clubs meet on Friday to discuss possible models to complete the season, but all options remain hypothetical after the US government extended the locking restrictions for another three weeks.
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Brighton are two points clear of the relegation zone with nine matches left when the league is suspended on March 13.
Relegation means a financial hit somewhere in the $ 100 million region and Bloom thinks it’s unlikely that 70 percent of the required clubs will choose to send three teams down.
“It will be very difficult to bring someone down, especially from the Premier League, if the season doesn’t work,” Bloom said.
“You might get a title winner, obviously Liverpool deserve it, you can use that criterion for European qualification, but I don’t see how people can vote for it, of course the percent needed for the team to be relegated.”
With some teams having more matches left than others, other proposals are that the club’s final position is determined by the average number of points they win per match.
Bloom thinks that choice is even less likely to succeed.
“I don’t see the situation, if this season is not played, the teams will be relegated by points per game,” he said.
“I just think it does not make sense that a team that is not allowed to play a season can lose 0.2 points based on this system, and also does not take into account the strength of a team that you have not played.”
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