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Liverpool want season abandoned
Molly Hudson of The Times Newspaper in England reported yesterday that Liverpool FC has joined a number of clubs, including Chelsea, calling for the League to be abandoned amid concerns for players’ safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Liverpool currently leads second-place Manchester City by 25 points with nine games remaining, although City do have a game in hand. If the season was abandoned a champion would not be crowned and all twenty teams would remain in place for the start of next season. It also means Liverpool’s 30-year wait for a league title would continue.
But don’t worry, Molly’s story isn’t referring to the current Premier League season but rather the Women’s Super League. The FA released a statement in April saying
“Following the Premier League’s announcement that it will not resume at the beginning of May – and that the 2019-20 season will only return when it is safe and appropriate to do so, we can confirm that the Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship will also follow this approach.”
So why would a club’s outlook on the continuation of the season change so drastically from the Men’s game to the Women’s?
Liverpool currently sit bottom of the Women’s Super League with six points from fourteen games and find themselves in a real battle for survival with Birmingham, Bristol City and Birmingham. Only one team goes down to the Women’s Championship if you will but if the season was abandoned then the Merseyside club would remain in the top flight of Women’s soccer for another year.
However, if the League was to be canceled and positions were decided by points per game then Liverpool would find themselves playing in the second tier of women’s soccer, which is only at a part-time status.
It’s amazing how your outlook changes when it benefits you.