Gary Neville firmly against Premier League relegation proposal

Date published: Tuesday 12th May 2020 1:53 - Matthew Briggs

The Premier League are discussing how best to conclude the season, but Gary Neville thinks relegation based on points-per-game “doesn’t feel right” to him.

There were discussions via video calls on Monday between Premier League club officials with curtailing the season brought up for the first time.

A handful of clubs, including Brighton and Aston Villa still have concerns surrounding neutral venues, while there is still much debate on how to decide the fate of clubs if the season cannot be finished due to coronavirus.

One idea is to decide it on a points-per-game basis but Neville says that wouldn’t sit right with him.

Neville told The Football Show on Sky Sports: “I don’t believe relegation is fair on the PPG basis. I think if football is to be played, you play for promotion and relegation. But to be relegated with nine games to go, with so much at stake, it doesn’t feel right to me, it feels unfair.

“Clubs have been demonstrating their self-preservation, but the top clubs are throwing their weight around. I think it’s devastating going down, but to go without having the chance to defend yourself, I think it’s too much.”




Also speaking on the same show, fellow pundit Jamie Carragher added: “This null and void keeps getting mentioned. We all read the papers, null and void has been taken off the table weeks ago, UEFA took it off the table weeks ago.

“No season is null and void, Holland just couldn’t decide the winners because the top two sides were level on points. Teams towards the bottom are finding problems rather than solutions at the moment.

“If teams are to go down, I think maybe the teams at the bottom, they will find a way to play the Premier League out.”

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