With the Premier League currently in COVID-enforced hiatus for a few weeks at minimum there are open questions as to what’s going to happen with the rest of the season. There’s a distinct possibility that, should the world calm down a bit later on, that the suspended matches could be made up yet either later in the spring or heading into the summer.
But what if it isn’t? What to do then?
Well, nobody has the answer right now and we won’t know for a while. West Ham co-owner Karren Brady has an idea, however: declare the entire season null and void. She made these remarks in the S-n which I have no intention of ever linking to, but you can easily find other sources for these quotes.
“There is no dodging the possibility that all levels in the EFL as well as the Premier League will have to be cancelled and this season declared null and void because if the players can’t play the games can’t go ahead. The PL hopes that an interlude of three weeks from will enable it to restart but that may well be dreamland. Perhaps scrubbing the European Championship could provide more time to complete the season into the summer but that is also a giant ‘if’.
“As games in both the PL and in the EFL are affected, the only fair and reasonable thing to do is declare the whole season null and void. Who knows who would have gone down or come up if the games have not actually been played in full?”
Gee, now why do you think the West Ham co-chair would possibly want to just toss out the entire season and pretend it never happened? This might provide a clue.
Brady’s comments are clearly made out of a sense of self-preservation, as their remaining league schedule includes matches against Wolves, Spurs, Chelsea, and Manchester United. Should matches go on, there’s an extremely good chance that they’re going down, even if it’s not a given.
BUT. The flip side of canceling the season entirely is two-fold. While it would definitely save West Ham from relegation, it would also mean that Spurs wouldn’t end up with possibly their worst league finish in decades. It would have the added benefit of denying Liverpool their long-awaited title during a season where they are having historically good results.
This is what you call a #banter paradox, and boy am I conflicted!