Norwich’s sporting director, Stuart Webber has opined that no EPL team should be relagated should Championship fail to also complete their season.
English Premier League football is expected to return to action in June, after the UK government approved the return of top-level Sports in the country from June 1.
But uncertainties surrounding the whole process leaves a hunch that SkyBet Championship might not get the required approval to also resume play.
And Webber has based his arguements on the fact that if promotion into the English top flight division cannot be decided on the pitch, then relegation should be cancelled.
However, he has no issues with his side going down, provided the lower divison settle their parts on the pitch.
Stuart Webber speaking to SkySports, with quotes from Goal.
In my opinion, it needs to be settled on the pitch, not off the pitch.
A big question we have around restarting is, it’s fine if we restart and three teams get relegated – we look at it as though we’re only six points off 16th rather than being adrift.
But if we do [get relegated], that’s fine, because that’s where football should be played. Football should be played on a pitch and not in the boardroom. But the Championship has to restart and play all their games also.
Stuart went further to elaborate on why it will be an unfair scenario should it play out.
What we could not accept is a situation where we play out all our games, get relegated but then the Championship can’t play – because we don’t even know if the government are going to let them play – and then they automatically promote some teams who haven’t finished the season.
It’s a bit like saying, we can’t complete the FA Cup, but we’re in the quarter-finals, we’ve beaten a Championship top-six team away, we’ve beaten two Premier League teams away, so does that mean we win the FA Cup then and qualify for Europe and we all get a medal, because the level of games we played were harder than the other teams left in the quarter-finals?
Norwich City sit 19th on the premier league table, and were billed to face Manchester City before football came to a halt in March due to coronavirus pandemic.