Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand feels the 2019-20 season of the English Premier League, which is currently put on hold due to the Coronavirus pandemic, should be called off. Ferdinand, the United great clarified that his view had nothing to do with the fact that Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s boys are fifth on the table – a good 37 points behind leaders Liverpool, who are two wins away from securing the title. Also Read - Sergio Ramos Injury Update: Will Real Madrid Star Miss Crucial Fixtures Against Barcelona, Liverpool?
If the EPL is called off, Liverpool will be denied a glory that they’ve chased for 30 years but Ferdinand believes the well-being of people is what matters the most and given the existing circumstances, the current season should be shelved. Also Read - Sergio Aguero is Irreplaceable in Souls and Hearts of Manchester City Fans: Pep Guardiola
“I just think the Premier League should be void. Void it. I know there’s going to be a lot of Liverpool fans going: ‘oh, Rio, just because you used to play for Man United,” Ferdinand told ESPN. Also Read - Milan vs Man United: Paul Pogba Strikes in 1-0 Win as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Men Enter Europa League Quarterfinals
The Premier League was almost assured of a new champion in Liverpool, who needed just two more wins to be crowned winners, but with the Coronavirus affecting all spheres of life, on March 13, all elite level soccer matches in England, including the EPL, were suspended until April 4, later extended till April 30.
However, England’s top-flight football tournament is hoping to resume by June 1 so that it could wrap up the season over the next six weeks and be ready to start the 2020-21 season by August, The Daily Telegraph reported Sunday.
The idea behind this is to help the club lessen the gravity of losses the clubs are currently incurring as they continue to pay wages even as football remains shut due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The only hindrance standing in the way are the contracts of certain players, most of which are expected to end in June, but the FIFA governing body has said it will look into possibilities.
But despite that, Ferdinand doesn’t see it happening without players’ heath being at risk. “I just don’t see a way that can be done where health isn’t compromised. Simple as that. All this behind closed doors business – you’re still going to have players there, are the players not part of society?” he said.
“There are players who are going to go down with the illness who might not have recovered, or catch it from someone then it spreads to other players. It won’t be fair, it’s not a level playing field. I just don’t feel it’s right.