Manchester United defender Luke Shaw has risked the wrath of Liverpool fans by saying the Premier League season should be voided if the campaign cannot be finished, denying the Reds their first title in 30 years.
The season has been suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus crisis, with runaway league leaders Liverpool having been just two wins away from securing the title prior to the shutdown.
There are 92 matches left to play – with suggestions of a World Cup-style ‘festival of football’ to finish them all over a short period in June – but those plans appear optimistic with the country still on lockdown.
Liverpool looked certain to win the title – and in record-breaking fashion – but Shaw says the season should be considered null and void if the campaign is not completed.
Asked if Liverpool should be awarded the title or whether the season should be scrapped, Shaw said during a Combat Corona Twitch FIFA competition: ‘Scrap it and start again. Start it again yeah. It’s gotta be you know. If we can’t carry it on it’s got to be void.’
Shaw was taking on Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who diplomatically side-stepped the question but burst out laughing at Shaw’s blunt response, and the United left-back later said he could never play as Liverpool on FIFA.
Premier League bosses are reportedly in talks with the government over bringing back football behind-closed-doors in June, though Shaw also seems reluctant to do that.
He continued: ‘Fans are so important. You realise it even more [now]. I think the sport is for fans really, do you know what I mean? I think if you don’t have fans, and you don’t play in front of fans, it just doesn’t feel right.
‘Especially on matchday the fans are always amazing and always help the team. Whether it’s home or even away, our fans are always brilliant and I feel like they’re always there with us.’
Loftus-Cheek added: ‘The fans are what make football what it is.
‘You saw a few games at the end of the season – well, not the end of the season, but recently – without the fans and it wasn’t the same, it was so far off what football feels like when fans are screaming, cheering.’
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