Lineker fears England will have little choice but to follow Holland

‘May well prove to be the only way’: Gary Lineker fears the Premier League will have little choice but to follow the Dutch FA and VOID the 2019-20 season… but Jamie Carragher insists ‘no one here wants this’

  • Eredivisie agreed to scrap season with title left vacant by Ajax and AZ Alkmaar 
  • Decision has sparked more debate as to whether Premier League should follow 
  • Liverpool are currently 25 points clear at the top but it’s much tighter elsewhere
  • UEFA held a crunch meeting on Thursday to decide fate of 2019-20 campaign
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

Gary Lineker fears the Premier League will have little choice but to follow the Dutch FA and void the 2019-20 season.

Holland’s Eredivisie agreed to scrap the season on Friday with the title left vacant by Ajax and AZ Alkmaar and no promotion or relegation.

And the decision has sparked more debate as to whether the English top flight should follow suit amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Holland’s Eredivisie agreed to scrap season with the title left vacant by Ajax and AZ Alkmaar

Gary Lineker fears the Premier League will have little choice but to follow the Dutch FA

Piers Morgan agreed that voiding the 2019-20 season like in Holland is the way to go

Pundit Lineker wrote on Twitter: ‘May well prove to be the only way. Hardly the fairest way, though?’

Piers Morgan responded to Lineker by writing: ‘I honestly think it is. Every other solution I have seen is less fair than simply accepting the season cannot be finished and voiding it. 

‘Holland has realised that, but we’re still desperately trying to save a season that can’t be saved.’

While former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher asked his 1.5 million Twitter followers for their thoughts on the Dutch call.

He then wrote: ‘Seems no one on here wants this outcome or my suggestion of PPG (points per game) on the back of UEFA using it for European places. 

‘So the message is get the season done whenever the virus allows.’

Ex-Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher asked 1.5 million Twitter followers for their thoughts

Both Ajax and AZ Alkmaar were level on points at the top of the Eredivisie table, but neither will be crowned champions.

Promotion and relegation have also been axed – with Cambuur, who were 11 points clear at the top of the second tier, now cruelly missing out on a return to the Eredivisie after three seasons away.

The Premier League was suspended indefinitely last month due to the Covid-19 crisis.

Liverpool are currently 25 points clear at top of the Premier League but it’s tighter elsewhere

UEFA held a crunch meeting on Thursday morning to decide fate of the 2019-20 campaign.

While European football’s governing body prefers seasons to be played out, if that is not possible they want each nation to select qualifying clubs ‘based on sporting merit in the 2019-20 domestic competitions.’ 

The Premier League remain committed to completing the season and UEFA have removed a key barrier to it finishing with no further play — although the legal and commercial issues with television companies remain. 

Liverpool are currently 25 points clear at the top of the Premier League but it is much closer between the sides battling for places in Europe and to avoid relegation. 

 

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