With the UK put into lockdown along with much of the rest of the world, worries about who wins the Premier League title feel pretty frivolous. But hey, we’re all stuck inside, we have time to think on these things. The FA and EFL seem determined to finish the season, some time in May, though it’s uncertain what the world will look like by then.
No one wants the season to kick on again more than Liverpool fans, who are an excruciating two wins away from seeing the Reds lift the trophy for the first time in 30 years. But the battle in the media and online continues to rage about this, and recently another well-known figure has offered his opinion.
Rio Ferdinand took to Instagram to interact with his fans and answer some questions, and unsurprisingly, the big one came up.
“I just think the Premier League should just be voided,” the former Manchester United defender said on Instagram.
“Just void it. 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. 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?
“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.
“At this time, all this ‘we’re gonna win this or so and so might not go down or so and so might not get promoted’, you’ve got to put those type of things to one side. 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.”
Does he have a point about playing football games not being more important than people’s lives? Yes. Do I have to admit it? Nope.