Rio Ferdinand says this season should be declared void – denying Liverpool a first league title win for 30 years.
Liverpool, with a 25-point lead at the top of the Premier League, were just two wins from securing the title when the season was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Premier League clubs have agreed to suspend of football until April 30 at the earliest, although that date could ultimately be put back even further.
Against that backdrop, former Manchester United and England star Ferdinand said the season should be scrapped – even if that means heartbreak for Liverpool.
“I just think the Premier League should just be voided,” said Ferdinand. “Just void it.
“I know there are going to be a lot of Liverpool fans going 'Oh Rio, it's just because you support Manchester United and it's Liverpool'.
“It's not that, it's just that I don't see a way that it can be done, where health isn't compromised. Simple as that.
“All this behind closed doors business, you're still going to have the players there. What, are the players not classed as part of society?
“There are players who are going to go down lame from the illness, who might not have recovered or who will catch it from someone.
“Then it spreads to other players, so it won't be fair, it's not a level playing field, I just don't feel it's right.
“And there's going to have to be people in that stadium to man the stadium – security, etcetera, as well in there, which puts everyone at risk.
“At this time, all this 'we're gonna win this or so and so might not go down or so and so might not get promoted', you've got to put those type of things to one side.
“This is about life and death situations, about society and the wider grand scheme of things. So, football, it ain't that serious in that sense.
“Listen, we all love it. I love football, we all love it. But it ain't life or death.
“When it comes to matters like these, you've got to put people's health before anything and I just think that's the way it should be.
“Start the season with a clean slate. Once this health situation is all ironed out, all sorted out, then we can start a new season, because I just don't see it happening in that time.
“Now if we wake up in the next month and it's all gone and the country can get back to normal immediately, then I think a conversation can then happen about that.
“But I don't see that happening, not from what we're being told.”
Ferdinand, speaking on his Instagram account, reckons playing games behind closed doors, in a bid to finish the season, is also fraught with danger.
“PSG v Dortmund the other day, behind closed doors, but outside there were thousands of fans,” said Ferdinand.
“Now imagine Liverpool were to win the league, which they would.
“Do you think all those fans, after all those 30 years of hurt, are going to sit at home and say 'well done guys, cup of tea, let's go, cheers, on to the next season'?
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