A respected sports lawyer has given table toppers Liverpool and Leeds new reasons to worry the season will be scrapped due to the coronavirus outbreak, declaring it akin to the scenes witnessed in World War II.
The English game, like most of Europe, has suspended all football until April 3 at the earliest due to the outbreak, which has, at the time of writing, killed 35 people so far in the UK.
That’s the view of Richard Cramer, who claims the outbreak means declaring the season ‘void’ must now be seen as “almost inevitable”.
And while there is no outline as to what would happen were the English game be ended now due to the outbreak, a report in the Daily Telegraph claimed senior club executives at the Premier League say there would be no issue declaring Liverpool as champions in a decision that could also see the Premier League extended to 22 teams to accommodate Leeds and West Brom, who currently top the Championship.
And with there being no guarantee football will be able to resume on April 3, as originally proposed, West Ham vice-chairman Brady has opposed that view and says the entire season could be declared void, meaning Liverpool’s efforts all count for nothing.
Brady said: “There is no dodging the possibility that all levels in the EFL as well as the Premier League will have to be cancelled and this season declared null and void because if the players can’t play the games can’t go ahead.
She also added: “As games in both the PL and in the EFL are affected, the only fair and reasonable thing to do is declare the whole season null and void.
Brady received significant criticism for her comments, not least from former Reds defender Jamie Carragher.
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