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Rebel PL clubs threatened with automatic relegation

A report in this morning’s Daily Mail suggests some rebel Premier League clubs have been threatened with automatic relegation if they don’t vote for Project Project with remaining fixtures played behind closed doors and at neutral grounds.

The rebel alliance is thought to include up to eight clubs consisting of the bottom six plus Southampton and Sheffield United who oppose the idea of playing at neutral grounds.

The report suggests the current bottom three clubs of Norwich City, Aston Villa and Bournemouth would face the best chance of surviving in the Premier League if football is re-started.

They have allegedly been told that the neutral ground plan is the only plan in town and that there is no prospect of removing the risk of relegation what so ever.

The FA has the power to block any plans by the Premier League to axe relegation from the top flight, according to reports.

Some clubs have insisted that they will only back Project Restart proposals if the threat of dropping into the Championship is dropped.

EFL chairman Rick Parry threatened legal action if Championship clubs are prevented from being promoted to the Premier League under the agreement between the two Leagues and the FA. Sky and BT Sport are also anticipated to oppose any proposals to scrap relegation from the Premier League this season making the option a non-starter.

If Project Restart is rejected by clubs, it is suggested the Premier League would then move to decide relegation places either by current positions or points per game either of which dooms Norwich, Villa and Bournemouth.

More pressure will be applied on the rebel alliance on Monday’s meeting in an attempt to divide and conquer but next week’s meeting is expected to be another talking shop with no formal vote being taken again.

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8 comments on “Rebel PL clubs threatened with automatic relegation

  1. Sounds like blackmail to me. Here’s your choice, either play football or run the risk of catching the virus.

    • So much for the democratic voting process then. Shows the whole thing to be a sham if that the case. If that happens would take the premier league and fa if necessary to court. Soon sort it.you either have a meaningful vote or you dont.

  2. The idiots will have a challenge relegating 8 clubs.Its blackmail.

  3. It is in the “Daily Fail” so it must be a load of ****.

  4. Whole season should be called of situation is a farce what happens if a player of a team gets virus all his team mates and opposition who his team have been playing would have to isolate its all being done for money. Therefore who every makes the decision to start again should be held responsible. But you know what will happen every body will blame each other and know one will take blame

  5. The only real issue, whatever final decision is made, is which teams will end up suing the Premier League and/or the FA. WH should strengthen its legal position by sticking to the decision not to play on neutral grounds. If they lose the vote, have to play, and end up in the bottom 3, they will have a strong case that they were coerced into playing.

  6. The vote will be conducted the North Korean way.
    It’s getting more & more Monty Python every day.
    If & when a resumption of the remaining games goes ahead it’s going to be farcical as far as I can see?
    touching, spitting, supporters, or loitering in the vicinity of the grounds etc etc etc.

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