Act of sabotage from PL teams threatens Leeds & West Brom’s promotion

04 May 2020 07:59 am, by Ellandback1


Good Morning. It's Monday 4th May, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...


Relegation threatened clubs dig their heels in

Following a meeting on Friday evening with all twenty Premier League clubs, an agreement to play the remaining 92 fixtures at neutral grounds has been agreed to, but only on the basis that relegation is scrapped! The report states: "Clubs near the bottom of the table feel it is unfair to play in such different conditions when at risk of relegation." Brighton chief executive Paul Barber was quoted as saying...

But at this critical point in the season, playing matches in neutral venues has the potential to have a material effect on the integrity of the competition. The disadvantages of us not playing in our home stadium and in familiar surroundings, even with fans very unlikely to be present at the Amex, are very obvious.

Outspoken West Ham Vice Chair Karen Brady added...

Every club said it wants the season to restart. We all know it is going to take a lot of working together, good faith, careful thought and compromises if we have any chance of that happening. The only common theme from all the clubs is that any compromises have to be fair and uphold the integrity of the game. There are a lot of obstacles to overcome and no doubt many compromises to make.





Where does this leave Leeds?

In the wake of last Friday's meeting with the 20 Premier League clubs where clubs currently threatened by relegation would refuse to play their remaining games at neutral venues, former chief football writer of the Yorkshire Evening Post Phil Hay has delivered an update...

Day by day it gets weirder and more desperate. Leeds haven’t taken legal advice yet about a scenario where the Premier League pulls up the drawbridge but they’re quietly positioning themselves to lobby for promotion.

Reading between the lines, it sounds very much like the Premier League going out of their way to protect their clubs whatever the outcry! Even if a majority share were to agree to complete the remaining fixtures, what would then happen if the bottom three refused outlining if was not a safe environment?





Objections raised by clubs near the bottom were a deliberate act of sabotage

It looks like the Premier League's desperate plan to try and please all of its members, all of the time is starting to derail! Last Friday's meeting saw Premier League clubs situated near the bottom of the table, trying to block 'Project Restart' citing it would be unfair to play games at neutral venues; bringing the resumption of the remainder of the season into doubt.

According to The Mail, It seems some of the Big Six have lost patience, and are lobbying for guarantees that promotion and relegation will still be implemented, even if the season is curtailed. Not surprisingly the split over the merits of Project Restart is largely based on where clubs stand in the table. An executive at one club told the Daily Mail that the objections raised by clubs near the bottom were a deliberate act of sabotage. The Premier League will need 14 votes in favour for matches to resume. It is believed 13 clubs were in favour of Project Restart, six opposed and one was undecided.

Thoughts?




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Gandalf wrote on 05 May 2020 09:37 am

Germany will be given the go-ahead on Wednesday to start BCD on May 15 by their government.

weasel wrote on 05 May 2020 09:16 am

Times journalist Martyn Ziegler has said, “Broadcasters fiercely oppose scrapping relegation saying to do so would breach their contract.” In the accompanying report Ziegler said, “Senior figures in the broadcasting industry have also told The Times that moves to scrap relegation — as at least one top-flight club is proposing — would risk making the TV contracts invalid as it would turn many of the remaining games into little more than meaningless friendlies.”

Interestingly no sign of anything like this on the BBC and their article claiming a few clubs had demanded scrapping relegation, but only giving a quote from one club, has now simply disappeared. The standard of reporting from the BBC is not to the standard it used to be or anywhere near the standard it should be.

rich_leeds64 wrote on 04 May 2020 02:20 pm

YorkshireSquare wrote:
Mon May 04, 2020 1:55 pm
Sky have already said they won't ask for the cash back, international broadcasters many be more of any issue.

If the bottom 6 clubs spoil things for the top 6 I can see them going off and doing their own things. If Norwich and West Ham want a closed shop why shouldn't the likes of Liverpool, City, Scum, Spurs etc have their own with potentially bigger rewards.
This sounds like the elite European league that’s been mentioned over the years

YorkshireSquare wrote on 04 May 2020 01:55 pm

Sky have already said they won't ask for the cash back, international broadcasters many be more of any issue.

If the bottom 6 clubs spoil things for the top 6 I can see them going off and doing their own things. If Norwich and West Ham want a closed shop why shouldn't the likes of Liverpool, City, Scum, Spurs etc have their own with potentially bigger rewards.

Cjay wrote on 04 May 2020 01:35 pm

If they dont finish the season then Sky will demand a ton of cash back.

So clubs are trying to find a way to cover for there own poor seasons and keep the cash.

If QSI have a genuine interest in us then i hope Bein Sports stick the oar in.

They need us in the Prem and one of the largest overseas providers of Premier league football will have influence.

Have this horrible feeling we will get screwed while clubs that have been poorly managed and have had rubbish seasons will get a reprieve.


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