Premier League chiefs insist relegation must STAY despite attempts to re-explore option of scrapping demotion ahead of June 17 restart
- The Premier League is set to return on June 17 after suspension due to COVID-19
- Clubs are attempting to scrap relegation this year if the season is curtailed
- However, this is being met with opposition from Premier League organisers
- Curtailment was discussed in a Premier League meeting on Thursday
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Premier League chiefs are resisting attempts to re-explore the option of scrapping relegation in the event of curtailment this season.
Despite the clubs agreeing to return, in principle, on June 17, the framework for the final league standings if the season is ended prematurely remains the biggest issue still be resolved.
Curtailment was discussed during Thursday’s crunch Premier League shareholders meeting but not in any great detail as proceedings dragged on.
Premier League chiefs are saying relegation must still happen if this season is curtailed
The top-flight is set to return, in principle, on June 17 after being suspended due to COVID-19
And going into the next shareholders meeting on Thursday, the plan for how to calculate the league table if the season cannot be completed as normal will be one of the pertinent issues.
Sportsmail understands certain clubs want the league to reconsider the option of discarding relegation this season – despite FA chairman Greg Clarke insisting at one of the recent video conferences that demotion must remain.
However, those attempts have been met with short thrift, with chiefs insisting relegation must stay.
As it stands, Premier League clubs are yet to approve a plan for relegation if the season is curtailed – but the option of having an points-per-game system has been raised.
Sources claim an unweighted points-per-game system is the most likely option – but not all clubs are convinced.
As it stands, Norwich City, Aston Villa and Bournemouth would be relegated if unweighted points per game was approved.
Norwich City, Aston Villa and Bournemouth currently occupy the three relegation spots
Villa and Norwich would be relegated if the league was decided by a points per game system
Bournemouth would also face relegation if PPG was used to decide the league
But if the plan is given the green light, the system would still likely still apply if the season, once restarted, was then forced to curtail in the event of a sudden coronavirus spike.
That could leave clubs just above the drop zone in danger of relegation if they have a poor start once matches recommence.
Likewise, in the event of another rise in infections next season, there is a concern from clubs that any agreement to enforce a points-per-game system will set a future precedent.
That has merely added to the feeling at some clubs that relegation should not apply if the season isn’t completed as normal.
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