Joe Cole says football must restart this season from scratch if it cannot be finished – even if it means denying Liverpool the title.
The former West Ham and Chelsea star, who also played for the Reds from 2010-13, fears a June 30 end date for the Premier League may be unrealistic.
And despite one of his old clubs being 25 points clear at the top of the table, the Blues Academy coach says the season should be scrapped if it can’t be finished.
Cole said: “Obviously we need to finish the season as soon as we can, if we’re allowed to. That would be ideal.
“If we can’t finish the season, and it’s getting close to the following season, the only situation which I think is fair is to just restart it.
“Everyone’s tribal. Everyone wants what’s best for their clubs. But unless you do a blanket thing for everyone, it’s going to have knock-on effects.
“In my opinion, that’s the only solution. Restart from scratch if we cannot finish the league.
“I’m sure there are more intelligent people than me coming up with solutions but we’re in a situation as a country where we have to stick together.
“Everyone in the football world needs to understand that as well. Finishing a 100m race at 70m leaves a lot of arguments.
“We’ve seen so many times in sport – it throws up so many surprises, doesn’t it? You can never be sure what’s going to happen.
“We’re in a situation where people have to be selfless in their lives and in football we need to lead the way.
“It’s going to benefit some clubs and others are going to be very upset but bigger things than football are at stake. It’s people’s lives and livelihoods.”
- Joe Cole is a Football Analyst for BT Sport and can also be found trying his hand at acting in BT TV’s behind the scenes video to celebrate its new range of flexible TV packages. For more information customers can visit www.BT.com/TV
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