Rio Ferdinand SLAMMED for saying Premier League season should be voided

Steve Nicol insists Liverpool should get their chance to win the title this term and has criticised Rio Ferdinand’s controversial calls to void the rest of the campaign due to the coronavirus crisis.

All Premier League fixtures have been suspended until the end of April at the earliest amid the devastating pandemic but it’s been confirmed that the season will be extended ‘indefinitely’ until it has been completed.

There have been suggestions that the remaining 92 matches could be played behind closed doors as a potential solution.

However, Manchester United legend Ferdinand has voiced his concerns about the plans as he feels there is no way the campaign can be finished without compromising the health of fans and players.

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‘I just think the Premier League should be void. Void it,’ Ferdinand said during a Q&A session on Instagram Live earlier this week.

‘I know there’s going to be a lot of Liverpool fans going, “Oh, Rio, it’s just because you used to play for Man United”.

‘I just don’t see a way that can be done where health isn’t compromised. Simple as that. All this behind closed doors business – you’re still going to have players there, are the players not part of society?

‘There are players who are going to go down with the illness who might not have recovered, or catch it from someone then it spreads to other players. It won’t be fair, it’s not a level playing field. I just don’t feel it’s right.

‘There are going to be people in the stadium, security, it puts everyone at risk. All this “oh we’re going to win this” or “so-and-so might go down”… you’ve got to put those type of things to one side.

‘This is about life and death situations, about society in the wider grand scheme of things. Football it ain’t that serious in that sense.

‘Listen, we all love it but it ain’t life or death, when it comes to matters like this, you’ve got to put people’s heath before anything.

‘Start the season, clean slate, once all this health situation has been sorted out we can start the new season but I don’t see it happening in that time.’

‘Now if we wake up one morning in the next month and it’s all gone and the country can get back to normal immediately then we can have a conversation about that but I don’t see that happening, not from what we’re being told, and the experiences that other countries who are two or three weeks in front of us, we’re not going to be in a place to do that.

‘PSG vs Dortmund the other day, behind closed doors but outside there were thousands of fans out there. Imagine Liverpool win the league, which they would, do you think those fans after 30 years of hurt will sit at home and say, “Well done, guys”?’

Former Liverpool defender Nicol has contested Ferdinand’s claims and sees no reason why the season cannot be completed in its entirety.

‘Why [void the season]? The way [Ferdinand] was talking, it was all about the safety of the players,’ Nicol told ESPN FC.

‘Well, the players aren’t training, they’re not together, the teams aren’t together. When they do start playing again and are together, then they’ll be no risk to the players.

‘There’s ten games to go. Listen, if we were only ten games in, I would have absolutely no problem with voiding the season.

‘But the fact that you’ve got ten games left, top-class teams playing Saturday, Wednesday, Saturday – so three games in a week.

‘It will take you between three and four weeks to play 10 games. What is the problem with that?

‘You’re going to void a whole season for the sake of three to four weeks? That makes no sense to me whatsoever.’

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