West Ham United captain Mark Noble has taken the moral high ground over Karren Brady in a show of support for Liverpool.
West Ham’s battle for survival and Liverpool’s quest for a first title in 30 years has been on hold since March due to the global health crisis.
No sooner had the dust settled on the shutdown than West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady made herself very unpopular with Liverpool fans.
Brady wrote in The Sun that the season should be declared null and void and Liverpool must accept missing out on the title.
‘Null and void’ Brady continues to raise doubts over season resumption
The Premier League has been in discussions with its clubs and the government over completing the season.
But there is increasing resistance from the bottom six clubs.
And Brady once again used her column in The Sun at the weekend to raise doubts about a safe return to action.
Speaking to former Liverpool star Jamie Redknapp at the weekend, though, Hammers skipper Noble took the moral high ground.
And he insisted West Ham and the other clubs must return behind closed doors – even into October if they have to – for the sake of Liverpool.
‘Play on for Liverpool’ insists Hammers skipper Noble
“Morally I don’t think it’s right (to say the season should be null and void),” Noble told Jamie and Harry Redknapp’s Home Fixtures from lockdown.
“I think we’ve obviously all got to take into consideration the world we’re living in at the minute. But I think we should play behind closed doors when it is safe, I think we all understand that I don’t think we’re going to play in front of crowds this season.
“But I just think it would be an absolute disaster on Liverpool if that (null and void) happens. Because they thoroughly deserve to win the league this year and I just don’t think morally that can happen Jamie to be honest.
“I think even if we went into October time. I think we should just get it finished this season and worry about next season after that.”
Nobes takes the moral high ground
Noble is Mr West Ham. No player represents the club’s supporters more than him.
His words are in direct contrast to the hugely unpopular rhetoric from Brady which has been labelled as self-interest.
Noble’s comments will no doubt go some way to repairing relations between West Ham and Liverpool.
And he is not the first person at West Ham to pull Brady up over her controversial opinion.
According to The Daily Mail Brady was reprimanded by West Ham co-owner David Sullivan too.
West Ham and Liverpool will get around the virtual conference table again today. The and the 18 other clubs are set to meet for the latest raft of talks over Project Restart.