Former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson has slammed West Ham United’s vice-chairman Karren Brady after she called for the season to be declared ‘null and void’.
This comes after Premier League games were postponed following the coronavirus pandemic, with matches set to return on April 4th, subject to medical advice and the conditions at the time.
With the next move from league officials not yet known, many have had their say on what the best course of action would be to take if the virus got worse.
Brady said in her national newspaper column that the season should be scrapped altogether, which would essentially mean that Liverpool would not be crowned Premier League champions, despite dominating the season from start to – at present – finish.
Her team, meanwhile, sit perilously close to the relegation zone in 16th place and are level on points with Bournemouth in 18th.
Speaking to Football Insider, Robinson blasted Brady by stating that the tables would be turned had West Ham been battling for European football this season.
Will the season be deemed null and void?
“They would not be saying the same if they were in the European places or if they were going to qualify for the Champions League.
“Honestly, it is about people’s lives first and foremost. It is about what is best for people’s health and well-being. Football is secondary. It is a huge part of people’s lives but when you are talking about potential death I do not have an opinion.
“I would like it to be delayed if possible but if it is cancelled then so be it.
“It should have all been dealt with a long time ago. It is up to the government and there should be a blanket ban of all sporting events. I cannot believe the Premier League have done what they have done and they are still playing Super League.”
Robinson is spot on. Brady has not analysed the bigger picture in the league by considering all sides.
It is not just Liverpool that would suffer. What about Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United and Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolves? Both sides are flying in the league this season, which Hammers’ skipper Mark Noble acknowledged in his column for the Evening Standard. Teams should not have their achievements taken away from them because of the select few.
Liverpool fully deserve to be crowned Premier League champions this season. If the race for the title was closer, then I could understand. However, we are 25 points clear at the top of the league and need just two more victories to secure our first title in 30 years. Surely the officials will do the right thing and not take on board Brady’s ludicrous suggestion.