Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown blew up the idea of demolishing relegation, declaring it “reeks of greed”.
On Friday, Mirror Sport revealed that the civil war was in danger of breaking out between differences of opinion over the rest of the campaign.
The 20 Premier League clubs will meet again to decide whether to go ahead with the “Project Restart” and continue the campaign in 8-10 neutral “approved” venues.
But six clubs – Brighton, West Ham, Watford, Bournemouth, Aston Villa and Norwich – the current bottom six – have spoken out against the idea on Friday and are against the idea supported by the government of neutral places.
Brighton CEO Paul Barber vehemently stated that house advantage should be preserved.
But amidst claims that the lower six are simply trying to serve themselves, the “Big Six” clubs – which vote as a block – are lobbying to ensure that the promotion and relegation will still be implemented – even if the season is canceled. at its current point.
The Premier League hopes to secure the principle of an agreement to return to the next meeting of all 20 clubs, with a 14-6 majority required for neutral reasons to get the go-ahead.
And the former England of England Keown insists that, no matter what happens, relegation must be a factor.
The former British international said: “Demolition of the relegation would be farcical and reek of greed.
“How then could we pack and sell those remaining rounds of devices that would essentially become dead tires?
“The reason we want to start again and end this season is to establish relegations and promotions. Otherwise it is no longer a competition. “
Speaking in a round table of the Daily Mail, he added: “It will be a logistical nightmare and I do not envy decision makers.
“They need government direction and, in truth, I’m not sure if it’s feasible right now. There is also a moral dilemma regarding testing, if football players should be tested before key workers.
“But whenever it is, in six months, 12 months, every time, I want to see this season complete, with demotions included.”