'There would be uproar' - Shearer unconvinced West Brom should be handed promotion
Alan Shearer would not be happy to see West Brom and Leeds United handed promotion to the Premier League if the current season cannot be completed.
On Friday, it was announced that all elite-level football in England would be suspended until at least April 3.
As it stands, West Brom are second in the Championship, six points clear of third-placed Fulham while Leeds are one point ahead of the Baggies at the top.
One of the ideas that has been raised about dealing with the season having to end now is a Premier League consisting of 22 teams next term, with West Brom and Leeds going up.
However ex-England striker Shearer believes that would be unjust on the teams who are chasing the Baggies and the Whites in the race for automatic promotion.
“If you cannot complete the fixtures then you cannot go handing out titles or consider relegating anybody,” Shearer wrote in The Sun.
“People have spoken of bringing Leeds and West Brom up from the Championship — but there would be uproar from other clubs.
“Sitting seven and six points above third with nine games to go, there is no guarantee they would finish in the top two.”
You can see Shearer’s point because handing promotion to West Brom and Leeds would not be very fair on the likes of Fulham, Nottingham Forest and Brentford, who have all had good seasons and deserve to be in the mix for a spot in the top-two.
However, other than finishing the season as it stands, is there any better idea?
While trying to complete the final nine games of the campaign would be the fairest thing to do, it could also be the hardest and most complicated.
Null and voiding the season would be unfair on a lot of clubs, including the likes of Fulham, Forest and Brentford.
The plan for a 22-team Premier League isn’t fair on everyone, but it could also be manageable and doesn’t annoy as many teams as voiding the campaign.
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