Ed Woodward ‘tells Premier League rebels to back down’ ahead of crucial meeting

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Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has reportedly urged clubs near the bottom of the Premier League to accept that relegation will happen at the end of the current season come what may.

Shareholders at the 20 English top-flight clubs will hold their next virtual meeting on Thursday, when the options of what to do should the season not be completed will be discussed.

Clubs are back in training and the first two matches of the resumed season have been confirmed, with Manchester City taking on Arsenal and Aston Villa hosting Sheffield United, both on Wednesday, June 17.

Those two outstanding matches will take all 20 clubs to 29 games played this season, thereby making decisions surrounding any potential curtailment of the season easier to take.

Woodward wants clubs to accept the relegation has to remain on the table

It remains the will of all of the clubs to complete the campaign on the pitch, with all sides back in action on the weekend of June 20,

However with coronavirus concerns still abound across the United Kingdom, the question of what to do should the season be unable to finish has been an ongoing one.

With the FA determining that there has to be champions, promotion and relegation across the divisions via their ‘Special Share’ privilege, clubs nearer the bottom of the table are said to be ready to challenge that notion if they were to be relegated via a points-per-game basis.

Some clubs near the foot of the table want relegation removed if the season can’t be finished

That challenge has the potential to hold up the Project Restart plan, but Woodward – according to The Telegraph – says that could be disastrous.

In meetings outside of the Premier League process, Woodward is said to have warned of the impact that potential delays could have on all clubs in the division, particularly with broadcast revenue due to be repaid.

Manchester United’s first game back will be at Tottenham, and could potentially be played on Friday, June 19.



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