Martin Keown gives verdict on idea of scrapping Premier League relegation

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According to reports, the bottom six Premier League clubs – Brighton, West Ham, Watford, Bournemouth, Aston Villa and Norwich – want relegation scrapped this season.

Arsenal legend Martin Keown has blasted the idea of scrapping relegation, declaring that it “stinks of greed”.

He told Daily Mail: “Scrapping relegation would be farcical and it stinks of greed.

“How would we then package and sell those remaining rounds of fixtures which would essentially become dead rubbers?

“The reason we want to restart and finish this season is to establish relegations and promotions. Otherwise it is no longer a competition.

“It will be a logistical nightmare and I do not envy the decision-makers.

“They need direction from the Government and, in truth, I’m not sure it is feasible right now. There is also a moral dilemma regarding testing, whether footballers should be tested before key workers.

“But whenever it is, in six months, 12 months, whenever, I want to see this season completed, with relegations included.”

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