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Project Restart: Could Premier League relegation still be scrapped?

Project Restart: Could Premier League relegation still be scrapped?
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The prospect of relegation from the Premier League being scrapped for the 2019-20 season remains on the table should the campaign not be completed, according to a report.

The possibility of relegation being scrapped from the 2019-20 Premier League season is still an option, according to a report.

The top flight is due to resume again on Wednesday, June 17 following a 100-day hiatus caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

However, those plans are subject to change depending on the government's lockdown guidelines, which could be tightened again if the number of coronavirus cases begins to rise again.

Curtailment of the campaign is still an option should it not be completed in full, and despite the Football Association ruling out the possibility of scrapping relegation in such a scenario, that could still occur.

One top-flight club owner is quoted by Sky Sports News as saying: "We would vote for no relegation if the season is curtailed. There are up to 10 clubs who think the same thing."

The recommendation would require the backing of 14 Premier League clubs in order to be passed, and would then be adopted as a precedent to be used in the future should any other campaigns end early.

As things stand the most likely way to end the season if all games are unable to be completed would be a points-per-game table, which would not alter the relegation places as they are now - Bournemouth, Aston Villa and Norwich City going down.

The knock-on effect on promotion from the Championship would also need to be considered, with EFL chairman Rick Parry having already promised legal action should relegation and promotion not be honoured.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CLiverpool33292272254789
2Manchester CityMan City33213981344766
3Leicester CityLeicester33177963313258
4Chelsea331761060441657
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd331510856332355
6Wolverhampton WanderersWolves33131374536952
7Arsenal33121384941849
8Tottenham HotspurSpurs33139115244848
9Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd33121293433148
10Burnley33137133746-946
11Everton33128134048-844
12Newcastle UnitedNewcastle331110123545-1043
13Southampton33134164255-1343
14Crystal Palace33119132840-1242
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton33812133544-936
16West Ham UnitedWest Ham3387184058-1831
17Watford33610172952-2328
18Aston Villa3376203662-2627
19Bournemouth3376203259-2727
20Norwich CityNorwich3356222561-3621

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