‘Out of trouble’ – PFA chief has season solution that will interest Stoke City fans



There would be an overriding sense of “unfinished business” if the 2019-20 season is declared null and void in the aftermath of the coronavirus outbreak.

That’s the message from Gordon Taylor – chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association.

On Friday, it was confirmed that the Premier League and EFL season would be suspended until April 3 at the earliest, with Stoke City battling to pull away from the Championship relegation zone.

However, with growing concerns that the COVID-19 pandemic will have further impact on the UK’s sporting schedule, there remains a huge question mark as to when the campaign will resume.

According to Taylor, though, domestic football is almost certain to be prioritised over Euro 2020 as the likes of Liverpool, for example, continue to chase the prize they set out to achieve back in August.

Speaking to Sky Sports, the PFA chief executive said: “It’s probably inevitable that club football will have to take precedence over international tournaments and international games.

“I would expect the Euros to be put back for, probably, a year. I would hope that this season could be extended and we are flexible enough to deal with that.

“I think it would be unfair – not least, of course, on Liverpool.

“All clubs who are doing well, people will say ‘you don’t know whether you would have won it or not’. It would devalue it.”

Taylor added: “Those clubs that have done well and are at the top deserve to be there.

“Those clubs who are at the bottom deserve to be given the chance to get out of trouble, because that’s how the game has always worked and that’s how the competition was at the beginning.

“I think we should do all we can. I think it would seem really weird if we started a new season – it would be unfinished business behind us and I don’t think that would look good.”





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