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Could FA rule 22D decide the Premier League season?

The FA rulebook for 2019/2020 season has a rule called 22d that says in the event of a team withdrawing from a league before completing 75% of fixtures for the playing season all points obtained should be expunged. This rule has been interpreted by many as suggesting that the season and current standings would stand if 75% of the fixtures are completed.

As the Premier League has 38 games per season the magic number is 28.5 games rounded up to 29.

Most Premier League clubs have already played 29 games with the exception of Sheffield United. Man City, Arsenal and Aston Villa.

Man City’s game in hand would make no difference in places, a win for Sheffield United could leapfrog them over Wolves and Manchester United to 5th place

A win for Arsenal could allow them to leapfrog Spurs and possibly Sheffield United to 5th position depending on goal difference.

The only real fundamental change would be Aston Villa’s game in hand as they currently sit deep in the relegation zone in 19th spot.

A win for them would push them out of trouble and above West Ham to 16th position, West Ham would drop down to 17th place and Watford would drop into the relegation zone.

Should these three fixtures be played and the Premier League season then finish after 75% of fixtures played it would mean Norwich, Bournemouth and Watford would be relegated with the Hammers beating the drop on goal difference. Liverpool would be declared Champions.   Just one of the many scenarios!


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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

4 comments on “Could FA rule 22D decide the Premier League season?

  1. I feel this is will not be good for the following reasons
    -man city will let arsenal win knowing they wont be champions
    -the battle will be between s utd and a villa since villa will be hopping to avoid the chop at the same time d utd want to be in Europe or villa will use its cheque book for their stay in the epl

  2. Seems feasible Sean.

  3. Looks an acceptable solution if needed. Just been announced that Glastonbury has been cancelled this year so a June resumption looks doubtful?

    • To be honest Sean I really think if all games are played we won’t be anywhere near the bottom three. I think most likely Norwich Bournemouth villa and Brighton would be the most vulnerable as Watford for me won’t also be around those others. But this is funny times and really a void season is probably the fairest way with west brom coming up with the champions of all the divisions and we relegate four teams next season. As for the mickeys personally they will be ignored as winners but given credit as the best team this season . That suits me fine as never liked them or klopp and is what goes around comes around after denying the English teams after their disgusting behaviour against juventus which seems to be forgotten !

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