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Brady calls for the Premier League to be declared null and void

West Ham Vice-Chairman Karren Brady has called for the Premier League has to be declared null and void if players can’t play again.

Writing in her Sun football diary the 50-year-old “NO escaping the fact now, football in England is entering its most devastating period in 75 years.

The news that Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta (which came in a phone call to me from the Arsenal CEO late Thursday) and Chelsea forward Callum Hudson-Odoi tested positive for coronavirus brought forward the inevitable day the Premier League would have to be suspended, pending possible cancellation.

Arsenal hosted West Ham just a week ago and our manager David Moyes is also in self-isolation although that is a sensible precaution as he is showing no symptoms at all.

The same was true of Hudson-Odoi. The masonry was falling fast.

Such is the potency of the disease that no one is safe.

We do not even know if it can be caught twice. Fundamentally, it has to be eradicated and not until there is an effective vaccine — a year ahead at least — big sport will be at its mercy.

The only antidote at present is care in human contact and unrelenting pursuit of hygiene.

Suspension or cancellation of the league was always a certainty.

There is no dodging the possibility that all levels in the EFL as well as the Premier League will have to be cancelled and this season declared null and void because if the players can’t play the games can’t go ahead.

This on top of the issue that Covid-19 is so highly contagious the thought that everyone will be in and out of isolation and fit to play on April 4 seems so unlikely.

So what if the league cannot be finished?

As games in both the PL and in the EFL are affected, the only fair and reasonable thing to do is declare the whole season null and void.

Who knows who would have gone down or come up if the games have not actually been played in full?

A huge blow to Liverpool who might be robbed of their first title in 30 years.

This will be discussed between the PL and the clubs next week at an emergency meeting.

Claret and Hugh say:

Yesterday journalist Ewan MacKenna claimed that both West Ham and Spurs wanted the Premier League completely cancelled and rendered null and void.

There is no indication whether Brady’s comments in the tabloid today are a club view or just her personal opinion.  At the moment it is hard to see the Premier League resuming on 3rd April or this whole CoVid19 outbreak ending anytime soon. There are no simple solutions to the problem without disadvantaging some clubs either in the Premier League or the Championship. Cancelling the Premier League would have a major financial impact on all football clubs including West Ham.

Of course, this could end up with Liverpool not being crowned Champions for the 2019/2020 season.

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About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

2 comments on “Brady calls for the Premier League to be declared null and void

  1. Her views are her views and not the majority of supporters of most of the premier league’s supporters and to add , my view, is definitely not the same as hers and Hopefully the majority of West Hams supporters and followers won’t be the same as her views. Honestly she should keep her views to herself and talking about a shortage of Loo paper the rag she writes for IMO is only good as a desperate substitute for no proper Loo paper???

  2. I agree with Karen Brady we should scrap the season. All genuine West Ham supporters are probably thinking the same. I’m sure we would avoid relegation anyway but there’s no guarantees. Only a member of hammers United would want the season to continue because they probably want us to get relegated.

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