"A lot of people who hate Liverpool want to cancel the season" according to ex-Manchester City defender

Monday, March 16th, 2020 12:01pm

By Josh O'Brien @JoshJohnOBrien1

Former Manchester City defender Nedum Onuoha has claimed the tribalism that comes with being a football fan is perhaps clouding some supporters' judgement over how the remainder of the Premier League season should be resolved.

As a result of the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic that continues to grip countries all over the world, entertainment industries like football and the majority of other sports have had to deal with serious disruption to their schedules.

On Friday morning, the Premier League announced that all action shall be suspended until 4th April at the earliest in a bid to prevent COVID-19 spreading and its impact increasing.

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Though the suspension is only scheduled to last until the beginning of next month, many believe the virus will lead to months on end without any Premier League action. This has sparked widespread debate as to how the remainder of the league season should be determined. 

Nedum Onuoha spoke to the Final Whistle on Love Sport Radio, where he claimed the difference of opinion between supporters comes down to one key factor.

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"Opinions are probably split based around people who support Liverpool and people who don't. It seems like a lot of people who hate Liverpool want to cancel the season.

"Liverpool have obviously won the title which I find quite funny. But I think in terms of decision making, I believe that it has become, in some ways based on other decisions which need to be made. And that's in terms of how the government are going to deal with the response.

"But then also with UEFA, how they're going to deal with the European Championships because if they were to postpone that until next year, which it sounds like they will, then I think this season can continue to June 30, which is the last day for the contracts of most players who only have one year left on their deal.

"So with that you could in theory stretch the season until that point, because that tends to be around the moment where people view the next season is starting. So I think that would be manageable and to finish the season because ultimately that's what people want to do."

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Onuoha went on to claim how reluctant the Premier League will be to void the campaign. 

"I don't think there's going to be a team down at the bottom who wants to say let's just call the season what it is and also just the Premier League in general, the product itself. I don't think you want to be in a place whereby the Premier League and the EFL, for as much as they work together, they're a separate entity so I think trying to find a way to manage that relationship in terms of what to do going forward could be quite difficult. 

"I think there's so much riding on finishing the season."

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