Rio Ferdinand has demanded the Premier League void this season and do not put peoples lives at risk. A joint statement from the FA, Premier League and EFL last Thursday said football in England has been further suspended until April 30 due to the coronavirus outbreak. The statement also said the leagues are extended indefinitely to ensure the 2019/20 campaign will reach a conclusion.
But Manchester United legend Ferdinand has said via his Instagram page that the authorities should just scrap the season, meaning Liverpool miss out on winning their first top-flight title since 1990.
Ferdinand says that has nothing to do with his United allegiances but because football is not a life or death scenario like the coronavirus is.
“I just think the Premier League should just be voided,” Ferdinand said.
“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’.
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“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.
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“And there’s going to have to be people in that stadium to man the stadium – security, etc, 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.
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“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 also says there will be issues if games resume behind closed doors, with thousands of fans gathering outside their club’s stadium.
“PSG v Dortmund the other day, behind closed doors, but outside there were thousands of fans,” he added.
“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’?
“They’ll be out. I’d want to go out, and not everybody is sensible in situations like that. People would be out trying to celebrate and go crazy, because that’s what football does.
“It brings out emotions and people sometimes act out of character.
“I think it would be silly to put these fans in a position where they are going to do stuff that’s not right for society in general, so just void the whole season.”
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