‘No club should benefit from failure, and no club should be punished because they are on the brink of success’: Jamie Carragher urges for the season to be completed once it’s safe in light of coronavirus pandemic
- No official plans have been announced for season restart after coronavirus
- Jamie Carragher believes teams must be given the chance to complete it
- Former Liverpool star also revealed his wife was diagnosed with coronavirus
- He backed UEFA’s stance that teams must be rewarded based on sporting merit
- Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19
Jamie Carragher insisted that completing the football season must remain a priority once sport resumes following the coronavirus pandemic.
The retired defender also admitted the illness had affected close family members including his wife and that the game should not be allowed to return until the risk has been removed.
Carragher also suggested that handling the return incorrectly could damage the integrity of the sporting competitions going forward.
Jamie Carragher has called for the football season to be completed after coronavirus crisis
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Carragher told The Telegraph: Like everyone else, I believe football’s return must be conditional.
‘Nobody needs to tell me that the health of those closest to us matters most. My wife, Nicola, has tested positive for Covid-19, though she has thankfully now recovered. My aunt was in hospital with Covid-19 last week and is recovering.
‘So while I am eager for the games to return, it goes without saying that nobody wants decisions taken for the wrong reasons, at the wrong time, contrary to government and scientific advice.
Carragher insisted that football came second and must only return when completely safe
‘But where football is concerned, I also firmly believe this: although the safety of players, fans, staff and the broader public is top of the agenda in the decision-making process, sporting integrity must be second.
‘No club should benefit from failure, and no club should be punished because they are on the brink of success.
‘That is why I welcome Uefa’s statement that clubs will be rewarded for their performance in 2019-20 based on sporting merit, European participation determined on that basis.
‘I would like the Premier League and English Football League to follow Uefa’s lead and make a similarly clear statement. That ensures that as well as Champions League and Europa League qualification, there will be title winners, promotion and relegation.’
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