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Rio: Void the EPL, no Liverpool Title

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Rio Ferdinand doing TV work for BT Sport TV before the start of the FA Cup match at Molineux

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand believes the 2019-20 Premier League season should be voided and runaway leaders Liverpool shouldn’t be awarded the title.

The 41-year-old centre-back, who spent 12 years at Manchester United and won six Premier League titles with the Red Devils, made the comments in light of the suspension of the league amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The Premier League will not resume until April 30 at the earliest and it remains unclear if a full season can be completed.

Liverpool, who haven’t won the top flight title in 30 years, have a 25-point lead at the summit and are two wins away from being mathematically assured of top spot.

“I just think the Premier League should be void. Void it,” Ferdinand said.

“I know there’s going to be a lot of Liverpool fans going: ‘Oh, Rio, just because you used to play for Man United’.

“I just don’t see a way that can be done where health isn’t compromised. Simple as that.

“All this behind closed doors business, you’re still going to have players there, are the players not part of society?

“There are players who are going to go down with the illness who might not have recovered, or catch it from someone then it spreads to other players.

“It won’t be fair, it’s not a level playing field. I just don’t feel it’s right.”

All Premier League clubs are currently not training with the United Kingdom on lockdown.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta and Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi both tested positive to coronavirus leading to the postponement of league fixtures two weeks ago.

Ben somerford
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