The idea that the Premier League could resume without relegation has been dismissed, with reports claiming that the notion is so ‘fanciful’ that it was not raised at Friday’s meeting.
The Independent say that ‘some officials have since attempted to raise it as a potential bargaining chip in discussions to get the campaign restarted’ but they have been told that such a radical change is off the table.
There is said to be a growing split between the bottom six clubs and the rest of the Premier League which mirrors the five-point gap between 14th-placed Southampton and 15th-placed Brighton.
The Seagulls have been very vocal about their opposition to the Premier League’s plan that the division’s remaining 92 games are played at neutral venues as they are still to play the majority of the top six at home.
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But the idea of getting rid of the peril of relegation is off the table, not least because such a change would require the backing of the Football Association and EFL.
It is also unlikely that broadcasters would agree to that change as the relegation battle would be one of the big draws if the rest of the season’s games were to take place without a live crowd.
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