The Football Association will ‘block’ any attempts by the Premier League to end the season without relegation should the campaign be resumed at neutral venues behind-closed-doors.
Talks are continuing over a safe return to football following the suspension of the sport amid the coronavirus crisis, with several scenarios having been considered including playing remaining fixtures at neutral ‘safe’ venues.
However, this proposal has been met with opposition from several of the Premier League‘s struggling sides, who fear that a lack of home advantage – even with the prospect of empty stadiums – could prove costly in their bid to preserve top-flight status.
There has been reports that the league’s bottom six would be more open to returning to action should the possibility of relegation be scrapped, though this appears unlikely given the stance of broadcasters and the FA who are set to ‘block any attempt’ to remove relegation.
According to The Times, the FA must consent to any changes following an agreement signed in the early nineties, including alterations to promotion, relegation and the number of teams involved in the Premier League.
The Football League are also strongly opposed to any changes to promotion and relegation, with chairman Rick Parry saying earlier this week there will be a legal challenge to any attempts to change the current format.