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04 May 2020 10:16:57
So John Cross reporting the teams in the bottom six are against resuming the PL in neutral venues. They would only be for it if there was no relegation. What exactly would be the point of resuming? I know what ever happens won't please everyone but to reward teams for failure wouldn't sit right with me. Then who's to say we don't get a second wave during the 20/ 21 season is relegation going to be of the table again?

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04 May 2020 11:22:21
Premier League should schedule all matches at which ever stadium they see fit and if any team refuses to play it award 3 points to the opposition and 0 to the team refusing to play then tick off the games as completed.
If both teams refuse to play award both teams 0 points and tick off the game as being completed.
Pretty sure that the bottom 6 will not refuse to play then.
They may already have the above powers in the rules anyway.

04 May 2020 11:20:21
I think it is a complete disgrace by the bottom clubs to try to utilise the situation to keep themselves in the premier league. They are in the position they are in justly and if things do resume and it is an if all teams should have the same risk and reward as normal otherwise what is the point in the potential health risk?

Shocking behaviour from the clubs they should be named and shamed and their decision makers put in the stocks and pelted with rotten fruit and veg.

Ok seriously though very poor from those clubs and they should be ashamed of themselves. Another Karen Brady moment of yes let's use the situation to stop us getting relegated.

{Ed002's Note - Just to clarify this, the matter has not been discussed at PL level. There are two rtop six clubs objecting as well. Clearly it is pointless my trying to make the effort to explain the situation on this page as it just ends up with ignorant posts such as this.}

04 May 2020 13:58:39
Well I don't know what the issue is with the 2 top 6 teams, because firstly i don't know who they are but I can't be a pure coincidence that the bottom 6 clubs are all of the same thinking. Come on, nobody can sell sell this as nothing but self preservation. Which is fine and nothing more than I would expect. The money in the PL is massive for these teams.

{Ed002's Note - You see everything as some sort of conspiracy - the two at the top see the same problem with others toward the bottom - they do not want to lose home advantage.}

04 May 2020 15:03:26
Ed2 where did my hug post go, we are still mates.

04 May 2020 17:44:07
Home advantage is a weak argument during this situation. The main advantage is the fans getting behind the team, driving the team forward, even if games are played in there own stadiums, there will be no fans.

Prime example of home advantage recently ( from our pint of view ) is Liverpool needing 4 goals to beat Barcelona In order to progress to the final of the European Cup.

I’ve been to Palace away and it’s like a cauldron when they need to get behind the team, the place is rocking! Without the fans there would be no intimidation at Selhurst Park.

{Ed002's Note - That is not what a number of the teams think.}

04 May 2020 18:56:05
Agree completely with the OP.

05 May 2020 09:38:35
The home advantage will be more than just fans. facilities routine and also distance will be key. For home games I'd imagine players meet at the training ground and travel in together in some instances, that feeling can't be replicated at neutral venues.

{Ed001's Note - and familiarity with the ground helps. You would know the places where the lumps and bumps are on the pitch. You would be particularly used to distances and judging them quickly, which is a major advantage for passing the ball over longer distances.}

05 May 2020 10:14:51
That’s very true ed001, also was it stoke who used to narrow the pitch as much as possible, within the rules, to hem the opponents in? There’s plenty of unseen benefits to playing at home.

However I do think sacrifices will need to be made and can understand why the bottom 6 are unwilling as the consequences are huge. But I really don’t think we should continue if relegation is taken off the table as there is very little point.

{Ed001's Note - this is why the participants in a sport should never be the people to set up the rules it is played by or make the decisions. They have vested interests to protect of their own, rather than just doing what is best for the sport as a whole. This is why an independent body should run football, a difficult decision is needed and an independent body would do so.}

05 May 2020 10:41:19
That’s a very good point never considered it like that.

IF relegation is taken off the table and they want football to continue, I would draw a line as the table sits and break it into play offs for European places.

RelegatIon should only be ruled out if the league cannot continue.

05 May 2020 11:24:04
The Government advice is that; if neutral venues are used, it will be stadiums that are outside of city centres. This means places where the police can control any possible crowds coming to the stadium. Places Like the Olympic Stadium.

It is simply not going to happen that all stadiums are used, so somebody will have to accept a neutral venue any how.

That is, if the season is played out.

05 May 2020 18:14:24
I think that the best option IF we are to restart the Premier League, and the teams may go with this.

Only relegate two teams; Leeds and West Brom get promoted. This would mean that the two getting relegated could receive 50% more parachute payment as the Premier League are saving by not relegating a third team and therefore awarding 50% more to the teams that do go down, wouldn't cost a penny.

It would also mean that no playoffs need to be played, and thus reducing the number of matches that need to be played.

I know it doesn't suit absolutely everybody, but I'm sure that Norwich would take it just for the extra 50% as they're pretty much gone.

I also realise that it's a bit out there. Is there any possibility of something along this scenario being proposed, Ed002?

{Ed002's Note - The Premier League have not yet discussed how to end the season if the games cannot be paid but are aware of what other countries have done and what plans have been made by those who are looking to resume. There is nothing along these lines.}



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