Premier League relegation ‘unfathomable’ as a result of coronavirus pandemic, says Brighton owner

Premier League relegation ‘unfathomable’ as a result of coronavirus pandemic, says Brighton owner
Brighton owner Tony Bloom believes it might be unfathomable to relegate clubs from the Premier League if the season can’t be completed thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.

Partick Thistle and Stanraer were both relegated from their respected leagues after a Scottish football League vote to end , speculatively that the Premier League could imitate .

With no return date set for England’s top flight and a growing specialise in June 30 as a possible deadline , 




a repeat is feasible south of the border, but Bloom believes it might be unfair to relegate any club under the circumstances.

“I don’t foresee a situation, if the season’s not played out, that teams will get relegated on a points-per-game basis,” he said.

“I just don’t think it’s fathomable that a team which isn’t allowed to play out the season may lose out on 0.2 points supported this technique , 

and also it doesn’t take under consideration the strength of the team you’ve got not played.”

The Seagulls would survive if the season was ended early as Graham Potter’s side sit two points beyond the dropping zone – occupied by Bournemouth, Aston Villa and Norwich – with nine games left to play.



“You may get a title winner, obviously Liverpool deserve it, you’ll use that criteria for European qualification but I don’t see how anyone can vote for that, 

certainly the per cent needed (70 per cent), for teams to urge relegated. i actually cannot foresee that.”

There is now a move in Scotland for a realignment of the divisions which can save those facing relegation, 

but Bloom said there has been no discussion yet of expanding the Premier League under an identical scenario.

“When we are lecture Premier League clubs and therefore the Premier League itself it’s about finishing this season,” he said.

“If we get to a situation whereby it’s decided the season cannot be concluded, then we’d like to possess serious conversations about what is going on to happen next season.”

Bloom also expects the Financial Fair Play rules to be relaxed thanks to the crisis. 

Burnley have said they might lose the maximum amount as £50million if the season can’t be finished, while Brighton had already budgeted to form a loss thanks to investment within the squad.




“We are getting to be under the FFP numbers,” Bloom said. “It may affect other clubs.

“It has not been discussed but i’m sure if the virus meant people were foundering the numbers it might be taken into consideration because it might be unfair to urge a penalty due to the virus.”

The losses being sustained by clubs are expected to steer to a collapse in transfer fees during subsequent window.

“There’s little question the particular value of players immediately has gone down altogether squads,” Bloom said.

“That may rebound during a year’s time to something like what it’s today, but there is no doubt if you were getting to sell a player during this transfer window arising and you were expecting to be getting £15m, that you are going to urge but that.

“How much less, I even have no idea. It depends on who subsequent few months play out.

“The favorite thought altogether of our minds must be the virus and therefore the effects on the health of the state . 

once you are talking a few new mortuary next to the Amex Stadium it really brings it home.”


Additional reporting by the news agency

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