Manchester United defender Luke Shaw says Premier League season must be ‘scrapped and started again’ amid coronavirus crisis

Manchester United defender Luke Shaw has said the 2019/20 Premier League season must be scrapped and declared null and void if it cannot be restarted due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Premier League confirmed last week that the season, originally suspended until 30 April, will only return when the situation stabilises.

League leaders Liverpool needed six points to seal the title while European spots and relegation candidates were still unclear with nine games to go, raising questions about how they would be decided if the season does not resume.

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“Scrap it and start again,” Shaw said during the Combat Corona fundraiser for Unicef, a Fifa 20 competition that was streamed on Twitch.

“Start it again, yeah. It’s got to be, you know. If we can’t carry it on, it’s got to be void.”

Shaw was part of the event that also featured Gareth Bale, Paulo Dybala, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Jordan Pickford and Ruben Loftus-Cheek. It raised approximately £17,000 through online donations.

Some Premier League clubs have considered the idea of finishing the season by playing games without spectators in attendance, but Shaw said that was not a view he endorsed as fans filling up stadiums is crucial.

“Fans are so important, you realise it even more [now],” Shaw, 24, added. “I think the sport is for fans really… 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.”

United were three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea before the season was suspended.


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