Football authorities north of the border held a meeting with top clubs on Wednesday and worked out a plan that could see the season canceled early.
If the motion passes, the remaining matches will be abandoned with the Celtic crowned champion and Hearts relegated using a points per match formula to decide the final league table.
There is only one automatic relegation spot in the 12-team Scottish Premiership for the team finishing at the bottom of the table – Hearts – while the other is decided in a single match between 11th place and the winners of the Championship play-off match.
Applying the same resolution to the Premier League, where three clubs automatically disappear, would see Norwich City (0.72 points per game) and Villa (0.89 points per game) relegated. The third relegation would be problematic because Bournmeouth, Watford and West Ham United are tied after taking 0.93 per game.
Hearts unsurprisingly threatened legal action if the plan was put in place and Villa fans – whose team has a game in hand over the teams around them – also attacked the idea.
Here’s what they said:
Royston Birkin: Although we haven’t been good enough for the majority of games this season, it would be criminal to relegate us. Especially with a match in hand, the article refers to the level of Watford and West Ham in points, but if Villa won the match in hand, they would skip them. In my opinion, relegating would be a terrible decision.
Martin Harrison: They can’t do that because not everyone has played the same number of matches, we then win, we come out of the last 3, then the teams that fall in the last 3 will take legal action because of the proximity , 6 teams are in the fight to stay standing. I prefer to see a 22-team league next season, just give Liverpool the title as it is extremely unlikely that they will throw it with 3 of 9 points.
Pete Murphy: I hope not… Keep the Prem as it is “as it is” – no team is relegated but has 2 EFL teams (essentially all automatically promoted teams, ie say the championship), in the Premier League.
Phil Alexander Cockman: Shouldn’t be canceled, no one has been relegated, but the winner is in all leagues.
Martyn Ward: It’s not fair that we have a match in hand, so I think if they cancel the Premiership, it should stay because it gives Liverpool the title and no relegation.
Danny Kiteley: How can they when we have a game in hand on everyone?
Scott Beasley: Going to court would be the answer,