Former Crystal Palace Chairman Simon Jordan Calls For Season To Be Scrapped
Former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan has called for the English football season to be cancelled.
Netherlands' Eredivisie and France's Ligue One have been been postponed, with the season and its league table effectively rendered obsolete following the COVID-19 outbreak.
Over in England, the plan is still to play out the remaining fixtures behind closed doors without any fans in attendance so that the campaign can be finished.
But with the worldwide death toll standing at over 218,000 and the UK tally at 21,678 as announced by Health Secretary Matt Hancock yesterday, Jordan feels the right call would be to declare the season null and void.
It would mean no Premier League title for Liverpool, in addition to no relegation or promotion from the Championship.
"I think we are in a situation where the best case scenario in my view is that we lose the season," Jordan said during an appearance on talkSPORT.
"Liverpool aren't champions, Leeds aren't promoted, Aston Villa aren't relegated, Norwich aren't relegated. We are really into that territory now.
"As much as I don't want to be a doomsday merchant, we have got a disease we don't have a vaccine for, while this isn't a problem in everyone's workplace, everyone isn't spitting and kicking each other as footballers do.
"You cannot have a situation where a global sport of this magnitude has a player who becomes infected, which is an absolute inevitability because they are going to get infected until we find a vaccine.
"And what happens then, corporate manslaughter?"
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Even for behind closed doors fixtures you're still talking a total of 300 people in stadiums, including players, officials, stewards and ball boys.
And with the virus going away anytime soon, Jordan cannot foresee football returning on these shores in June.
"This is going to be there for another 12 months, until we work out what it does, how it does it and how we can find out some kind of methodology of how we can live with it," he added.
"The challenge is what is going to change?
"Is COVID-19 going to go away in the next six weeks? Unlikely.
"If out of the clear blue sky, we have a contagion rate that drops, and we have a viral load in people which has been identified by scientists as being so slow that the RNS rate is 0.1 then possibly, but I think we are really challenged.
"Don't make any decisions now. But the idea that suddenly we are going to switch the lights on in June to me is inconceivable."
Jordan's sentiment is echoed by a high-ranking FIFA medical expert, who believes there should be no football until September time.
NEW: Strong interview with FIFA medical chief Dr Michel D'Hooghe. Doesn't want football to return before Sept 1 - "This is the most dramatic situation we have lived in since the Second World War." More on @SkySportsNews #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/rD77YY5I8w- Bryan Swanson (@skysports_bryan) April 28, 2020
"The world is not ready for competitive football," Michel D'Hooghe told Sky Sports News per The Independent.
"I hope this can change very quickly and I sincerely hope that. Today you need more patience.
"Football can only be possible if contact is possible again. Football remains a contact sport and contact is one of the first things everyone says that you should avoid.
"If they could start 2020-21 in September they could eventually avoid a second attack from the virus."
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