Ferdinand wants season to be cancelled
Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand says the Premier League season should be cancelled entirely, without the title being handed to leaders Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side have a commanding 25-point lead over second placed Manchester City and need just two more wins to secure the title, but Ferdinand says football is no longer a priority.
“I just think the Premier League should just be voided. Just void it,” said Ferdinand on his Instagram page.
“I know there are going to be a lot of Liverpool fans going ‘Oh Rio, it’s just because you support Manchester United and it’s Liverpool’.
“It’s not that, it’s just that I don’t see a way that it can be done, where health isn’t compromised. Simple as that.”
And the 41-year-old is also against the idea of playing the remaining games behind closed doors.
“All this behind closed doors business, you’re still going to have the players there. What, are the players not classed as part of society?,” he added.
“There are players who are going to go down lame from the illness, who might not have recovered or who will catch it from someone.
“Then it spreads to other players, so it won’t be fair, it’s not a level playing field, I just don’t feel it’s right.
“And there’s going to have to be people in that stadium to man the stadium – security, etcetera, as well in there, which puts everyone at risk.
“This is about life and death situations, about society and the wider grand scheme of things. So, football, it ain’t that serious in that sense.
“Listen, we all love it. I love football, we all love it. But it ain’t life or death.
“When it comes to matters like these, you’ve got to put people’s health before anything and I just think that’s the way it should be.
“Start the season with a clean slate. Once this health situation is all ironed out, all sorted out, then we can start a new season, because I just don’t see it happening in that time.”