Premier League “stunned” by incredible claim over West Brom and Leeds United


The Premier League is “stunned” by PFA chief Gordon Taylor’s claims that games could be cut to less than 90 minutes, reports said.

In an interview Tuesday, Taylor said football bosses have considered taking the incredible step of shortening the length of games as part of a return to action plan.

Discussions between the EFL, the Premier League and the FA on how to end the season continue, with West Bromwich Albion watching developments closely.

Any restart would require the green light from the government, and Secretary of State Dominic Raab admitted that such a move would “lift the spirits of the nation” amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Taylor told BBC Radio 4: “We don’t know the future, but we know what proposals have been made, what ideas have been expressed. [forward].

“The possibility of having more substitutes, the matches not being able to last 45 minutes each way with discussions on neutral stadiums.

“A lot is being advanced – try to wait and see what the proposals are.

“And then have the courtesy to let managers, coaches and players assimilate all of this and come up with a thoughtful view. “

Asked that more substitutes and more games would be less than 90 minutes, Taylor said, “All I’m saying is that there are a lot of possibilities. Ideally, you want to maintain the integrity of the competition. ”

EFL President Rick Parry appeared before the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee yesterday and said discussions on the idea had not taken place, admitted: ” I don’t think we should rule out any creative idea at the moment given all the challenges we face – maybe the thought is that it would alleviate fatigue. ”

The Premier League has denied that shortening the length of matches is being discussed in discussions between English football stakeholders, reports the Mirror.

Albion is currently second in the Championship with nine games remaining and has a healthy six point cushion for third place from Fulham. Naturally, Albion and Leeds United – who are at the top of the second level – are desperate to end the campaign.


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