Jamie Carragher is continuing his crusade to ensure the Premier League season is not voided and has taken aim at West Ham United vice-chairman Karren Brady.
West Ham’s battle against relegation has been on hold since the beginning of March after football was shutdown due to the global health crisis.
The country has since gone into lockdown with measures that will remain in place for the foreseeable future.
Uncertainty grows over season resumption
There is increasing uncertainty as to when, how and indeed if the season – and West Ham’s battle for survival – will resume.
Hammers vice-chairman Brady was savaged when she became the first Premier League club official to break ranks and declare the season should be ‘null and void’ at the start of the outbreak (The Sun).
That would mean no long-awaited title for Liverpool, no long-awaited promotion for Leeds and – as cynics were quick to point out – no damaging relegation for West Ham.
Liverpool legend turned pundit Carragher insists the season must be completed, though.
‘No club should benefit from failure’ Carragher takes aim at West Ham
And he has taken aim at West Ham and Brady in particular to make his case on Twitter and in his column in The Telegraph headlined “The season must finish – clubs threatened with relegation cannot be allowed to postpone game’s return.”
“Like everyone else, I believe football’s return must be conditional,” Carragher began in his Telegraph column, at pains to make clear football must only return when safe to do so.
“No club should benefit from failure, and no club should be punished because they are on the brink of success.
“That is why I welcome Uefa’s statement that clubs will be rewarded for their performance in 2019-20 based on sporting merit, European participation determined on that basis. I would like the Premier League and English Football League to follow Uefa’s lead and make a similarly clear statement. That ensures that as well as Champions League and Europa League qualification, there will be title winners, promotion and relegation.
“An element of debate which concerns me is that some of those clubs threatened with relegation, or those with nothing left to play for this season, seem to be among the most vocal in suggesting that it is not yet the right time to think about football’s return.
‘They want poor performance to have no sporting consequences’
“We have seen West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady’s comments on voiding the season, on which she initially backtracked before more recently listing the difficulties of resuming… and then I have noticed the increasingly regular private briefings from executives of clubs either in the relegation zone or close to it who are claiming that it will be difficult to play behind closed doors because of concerns about players’ welfare.
“Is it a coincidence that those executives and managers whose clubs are in or around the bottom three share the same opinion about either voiding or curtailing the campaign?
“The consequence of those statements and briefings is that those who deserve least from the current season catch the attention of the media, and what follows is a debate about who is being most insensitive — those who want the season to restart to achieve their club’s ambitions, or those who want a poor performance for the last eight months erased from the record books, or having no sporting consequences.”