Neville says the prospect of points-per-game relegation ‘feels unfair’

Date published: Tuesday 12th May 2020 12:31

Gary Neville

Gary Neville thinks relegation based on points-per-game “doesn’t feel right” to him as the Premier League discuss how best to conclude the season.

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

Some clubs 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.


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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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