Premier League strugglers could hold rival clubs to ransom with relegation condition

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Premier League strugglers could hold rival clubs to ransom with relegation condition 1

However, over the weekend it has emerged that those against playing matches at eight to 10 ‘hubs’ for the rest of the fixtures would still back the move if they were guaranteed immunity from relegation.

With the EFL season looking increasingly unlikely to be able to resume given the problems getting just the top flight matches played, Leeds and West Brom, the top two in the Championship currently, would have a strong case for playing in the Premier League next season.

It would likely mean a compromise, where a one-off season of 22 top flight clubs battle in 2020-21 to avoid five relegation spaces.

By cancelling the threat of relegation, though, one of the dangers is that the final games become largely meaningless, with the title all but decided and only European qualification places remaining as a live issue.

One club has also reportedly told its players that participation while the coronavirus is still ongoing is optional and the game could end up in a watered-down version that serves nobody’s purpose.

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