Karren Brady has struck back after she was criticised for indicating the Premier League season ought to be declared null and void, stating she was only thinking of fans and players involving the coronavirus pandemic.
The West Ham vice-chairman was accused of putting her own club’s interests first in her first remarks, made in a newspaper column, together with the Hammers only outside the Premier League relegation zone by virtue of goal difference.
“There is no dodging the risk that all levels from the EFL, in addition to the Premier League, will have to be cancelled and this year declared null and void because if the players can not play the games can not move ahead,” she said.
“The PL expects that an interlude of 3 weeks from now will let it restart but that might well be dreamland.
“So what if the league can’t be finished? As games in both the PL and at the EFL are changed, the only fair and reasonable thing to do is declare the entire season null and void.
Her proposal riled Liverpool fans particularly, given the expectation they’ll claim their first league title in 30 years should the season be finished, and former Reds defender Jamie Carragher was one of those to express disdain for her proposal.
However, Brady defended herself on Twitter on Sunday, saying: “Everybody agrees that LFC deserve to win the title.
“The Premier League and EFL do all we can to make sure the season is completed. Including suspending games, isolating players, and if required playing matches behind closed doors and into the summer months.
“My point was security of the players, fans, staff come and when the remaining games just can’t be played the only just and reasonable thing would be to declare [the] season null and void.”
Brady indicated that she believes awarding Liverpool the name, or really relegating the clubs currently in the bottom three, would be unfair if the remaining fixtures can’t be fulfilled.