Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand says Premier League should be scrapped due to coronavirus pandemic,

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand says Premier League should be scrapped due to coronavirus pandemic,

Rio Ferdinand wants the 2019/20 Premier League season to be scrapped if there is no ‘immediate’ solution in the next few weeks.

All matches have been suspended until at least April 30 due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 600,000 people worldwide.

Rio Ferdinand’s comments will not go down well with Liverpool fans

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Rio Ferdinand’s comments will not go down well with Liverpool fans

Liverpool are on course to win their first top-flight title in 30 years as they lead second-placed Man City by 25 points.

But Manchester United legend Ferdinand believes the campaign should be declared null and void with the health and safety of people coming first.

He told BT Sport: “Times like this do push it home how important sport, contact and communication is when you are isolated and alone with your immediate family.

“But we have to take into consideration football is just a game. As seriously as we all take it, the bigger picture is what is going on out in society.

Liverpool have been by far the best team in the Premier League this season

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Liverpool have been by far the best team in the Premier League this season

“I’m sure in my own mind that if it’s not going to be an immediate fix in the next few weeks then the season needs to be voided and started again next season afresh.”

Ferdinand’s comments echo those of West Ham co-owner Karren Brady, who said ‘the only fair and reasonable thing to do is declare the whole season null and void’.

The former England defender, who won six Premier League titles with Manchester United, insists there is no pleasing everyone in this unprecedented situation.

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He added: “A lot of people like Liverpool fans will always say, ‘Oh that’s because you don’t want Liverpool to win the league’.

“Listen, if my team was in that situation I would think about people’s health and the wider society rather than my own gain.

“And this is a situation where I think exactly the same no matter who’s going to go up, who’s potentially going to go down, who could have won the league and who could have finished in the Champions League positions.

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“I think across the board, it’s much more clearer, black and white, and just void the season and start again afresh.

“And there are going to be people disappointed, and there are going to be people that are probably more satisfied with that.

“But whichever way you go you’re going to be disappointing people and there’s going to be people that are more happy with the situation when you do it.

“So not everyone can win in this situation and that’s just a fact.”

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