West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady has insisted that her blunt call for the Premier League season to be classed as null and void was made in the interests of safety of all those involved.
Brady made the claim in a column for The Sun on Saturday, after the Premier League announced on Friday that all matches were to be postponed until April 4 at the earliest due to the spread of coronavirus.
The businesswoman also said in her column that it would be a huge blow to champions-elect Liverpool, who would be “robbed” of their first title in 30 years.
Brady received significant criticism for her comments, not least from former Reds defender Jamie Carragher.
Taking to Twitter, she clarified her comments by insisting that Liverpool, who are two wins away from clinching top spot, deserve to be crowned champions.
Brady wrote: “Everyone agrees that LFC deserve to win the title. PL & EFL are doing all we can to ensure the season is finished.
“Including suspending games, isolating players, and if required playing games behind closed doors and into the summer months.
“My point was safety of fans, players, staff come 1st & if the remaining games just cannot be played the only fair & reasonable thing is to declare season null and void.
“Who knows who would have gone down or come up if the PL/EFL games have not actually been played in full?”
Several propositions have been raised as to whether the season should be allowed to finish.
One report has claimed that senior club executives at the Premier League have no issues with declaring Liverpool as champions and that Leeds and West Bromwich Albion would be allowed in next season’s league in a 22-team format.