Premier League: Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson says season must be completed after COVID-19 lockdown

The Premier League season must be played to a finish after the COVID-19 shutdown is over instead of using “artificial means” to decide the champions as well as relegation and Champions League spots, Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has said.

Reuters April 13, 2020 09:59:53 IST
Premier League: Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson says season must be completed after COVID-19 lockdown

The Premier League season must be played to a finish after the COVID-19 shutdown is over instead of using “artificial means” to decide the champions, as well as relegation and Champions League spots, Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has said.

Premier League Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson says season must be completed after COVID19 lockdown

File image of Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson. Reuters

With football in England suspended since 13 March due to the pandemic, Hodgson said teams might have to accept increased safety restrictions and having to play more games in a shorter period when play resumed.

"Everyone is in total agreement we need an end to this season," the 72-year old told the club's website.

“We don’t want artificial means of deciding who wins the league, who gets into the Champions League, who gets relegated and promoted. Ideally, our players would have three or four weeks minimum to prepare for the first match back, but I accept there may have to be a squeeze on that timeframe.

“It might mean extra restrictions at our place of work... It may also mean that we have to play our remaining matches in a shorter period of time than we normally would have done, and subsequently receive a shorter break between the seasons.”

The season was originally suspended until 30 April but that has since been extended indefinitely, with the resumption of play now contingent on medical advice and government support.

Palace are 11th in the league and have nine left to play.

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