Brighton owner says relegation would be unfair if Premier League season fails to resume

April 20 – Relegation from the Premier League will probably be scrapped if the season ends with no more play because of the coronavirus outbreak, according to Brighton and Hove Albion owner Tony Bloom.

With no return date yet set, Bloom believes it would be unfair to relegate any club under the circumstances, given a financial hit of around $100 million.

Brighton were two points clear of the relegation zone with nine matches remaining when the league was brought to a halt on March 13.

“I don’t foresee a situation, if the season’s not played out, that teams will get relegated on a points-per-game basis,” Bloom said.

“I just don’t think it’s fathomable that a team which is not allowed to play out the season may lose out on 0.2 points based on this system, and also it does not take into account the strength of the teams you have not played.”

Meanwhile a drive-through coronavirus testing facility is to open at Brighton’s Amex stadium. It will operate on an appointment-only basis for health and other key workers and will be able to carry out 1,000 tests per day.

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