Coronavirus: Write off future season to finish 2019/20, says John Barnes

John Barnes feels there should be an option to write off a future domestic football season to ensure that the 2019/20 campaign is completed.

The former Liverpool and England international has joined the chorus of people saying there must be a conclusion to the current incomplete season for the integrity of the leagues, from the Premier League right the way down the pyramid.

Liverpool lead the Premier League table by 25 points with nine games remaining – closest rivals Manchester City have 10 to play – while there are similar amounts of games left to play in the EFL and National League, both of whom have the additional complication of end-of-season play-offs.

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UEFA has already postponed Euro 2020, due to be played in a dozen cities across Europe, for 12 months in order to give European leagues – many of which are suspended – to be completed, a call Barnes has backed.

“It’s a sensible decision and I think delaying for a year was the only solution,” Barnes told Sky Sports News.

“You have leagues to be finished and I think leagues have to be finished, not just from Liverpool’s point of view or any other club in any country.

“It’s obviously bigger than that, you are talking about promotion and relegation all the way down the divisions. So I think if the leagues can even be delayed – you don’t have to rush back to them – maybe you have to write off a season.

“We don’t know what’s going to happen on April 3 [when the EFL suspension is currently due to end] and maybe they are going to delay it further.

“Even if we have to start in July or August, what we have to do is finish these games even if it takes up until December, which writes off the [next] season.

“These are desperate times and this is an unusual circumstance.”

Barnes also believes there are far too many difficulties in arbitrarily handing out titles, promotions and relegations with so many games unfulfilled.

He added: “If you are going to give Liverpool the title, then who would get promoted and relegated? You can’t just give Liverpool the title because we are so far ahead.

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