- The iconic defender wants the Premier League season to return but he is not so sure about resuming football in June.
- Keown argues that it would make no sense to scrap relegation as many matches won't be interesting.
- He adds that scheduling the games will be 'a logistical nightmare'.
- Providing footballers with coronavirus tests while denying them to key workers is also a very questionable decision.
"Scrapping relegation would be farcical and it stinks of greed," former Arsenal centre-back Martin Keown told the Daily Mail when asked to give his opinion on the possibility of the threat of going down to the Championship being removed.
"How would we then package and sell those remaining rounds of fixtures which would essentially become dead rubbers?
"The reason we want to restart and finish this season is to establish relegations and promotions. Otherwise it is no longer a competition.
"It will be a logistical nightmare and I do not envy the decision-makers. They need direction from the Government and, in truth, I’m not sure it is feasible right now.
"There is also a moral dilemma regarding testing, whether footballers should be tested before key workers.
"But whenever it is, in six months, 12 months, whenever, I want to see this season completed, with relegations included."
One of the concerns is that the players will have to be put in training camps with their teammates to lower the risk of spreading the disease. It entails they will be tested for Covid-19 before the training camps begin.
This, in turn, implies that there will be enough tests for all Premier League players and staff and Keown questions whether this really is a necessary measure when many medics and other key workers still do not always have access to testing.