- FA chairman Greg Clarke told Premier League clubs today the governing body will not sanction 'no relegation' or voiding the season.
- The Independent further report that the season must be settled by 'sporting merit' if games cannot be played.
- This spells positive news for 'Project Restart' as at least three of the bottom six clubs who were opposed to the resumption of football will now want to play out the remaining games or be relegated directly.
According to the Independent, The Football Association has told the Premier League clubs that the season must be settled by “sporting merit" if the games cannot be played out and that scrapping relegation or voiding the season remains completely off the table.
This means that issues like relegation or the title must be settled by either playing the remaining fixtures, or a formula like points-per-game. The governing body’s board came to unanimous agreement on the decision.
This news bodes well for plans of "Project Restart" as it was the bottom six clubs who were opposed to the idea of playing in neutral venues and wanted relegation to be scrapped if the season resumes.
However, the bottom three clubs - namely Bournemouth, Aston Villa and Norwich City - will want to play the remaining fixtures, regardless of the conditions, as they would be almost certainly be relegated in the event of a points-per-game formula being used.
That is not the case for those above them and means the bottom six could be split in their decision.
In any case, a majority of 14 clubs is needed to vote on any decision and the aforementioned clubs will most certainly vote in favour of the resumption of football now.
Liverpool need just two victories to capture their first league title in 30 years, and it seems that those games will take place sooner rather than later after this new decision by the FA.