The Premier League must do everything
in their power to ensure the 2019/20 season is concluded properly,
according to Brighton chief executive Paul Barber.
It was announced on Friday that football in Britain would be
temporarily suspended until at least 3 April due to the threat of
spreading the coronavirus.
Barber has admitted it is tough to see the Premier League campaign
resuming on 4 April as the British government tries to contain the
outbreak and top-flight officials are set to meet on Thursday to discuss
That meeting will take place after UEFA have announced whether they
are opting to delay Euro 2020 for a year in order for Europe's domestic
leagues to complete their season.
However, even if Europe's governing body pushes back the European
Championships, there might not be enough time to play the remaining
Barber has put forward his contingency plan if the season has to be
scrapped, suggesting that Premier League relegation is done away with
while Leeds and West Brom are promoted from the Championship.
The 2020/21 Premier League table would then feature five relegation
spots to reduce the competition back down to 20 teams in the long run.
Barber says that isn't an ideal solution to the issues created by the
coronavirus, admitting it wouldn't be fair for those Championship sides
currently in the play-off places who would potentially miss out on
£150 million if they are denied the opportunity to go up.
The Seagulls chief has instead called on the Premier League to do all
they can to complete the current season, believing that is the best
He told The Argus: "Our priority is, and must be, to complete the season if we can.
"Sadly, whatever happens, the way things are, I fear something will
have to give somewhere if we are faced with being unable to complete the
season in a reasonable time-frame."
- TEAMtalk media