Premier League owner weighs into debate over relegation

Brighton and Hove Albion’s owner has claimed that there cannot be any relegation this season – if the Premier League isn’t completed.

Sunday, 19th April 2020, 4:45 pm

The Premier League, suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, is planning for a June restart.

However, there are no guarantees that the campaign will be completed, and Tony Bloom, owner of relegation-threatened Brighton, said: “I don’t foresee a situation, if the season’s not played out, that teams will get relegated on a points-per-game basis.

“I just don’t think it’s fathomable that a team which is not allowed to play out the season may lose out based on this system, and also it does not take into account the strength of the team you have not played. You may get a title winner, obviously Liverpool deserve it, you may use that criteria for European qualification, but I do not see how anyone can vote for that.”

Tony Bloom.

Newcastle United were 13th in the table when football was suspended.