Brighton striker Glenn Murray has claimed that Championship clubs do not deserve to be promoted if they do not play the fixtures remaining in the 2019/20 campaign, which has drawn a frustrated response from fans of Leeds United.
Leeds are top of the Championship and have a healthy seven-point cushion over the play-off places.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side looked on course to end the club’s 16-year absence from the Premier League this term but have seen their promotion push put on hold by the delay to the season.
The Championship season has now been postponed for more than two months but it was reported earlier this week that the EFL is optimistic it can return in the first few weeks of June, with the Premier League is also set to return at that time.
Speaking to Sky Sports’ Football Show (quotes via LeedsLive), Murray discuss the end of the 2019/20 campaign and made an interesting claim about Championship promotion.
He said: “Our standpoint is if the games get played, the worse three teams in the league get relegated. That is plain and simple, it always will be and hopefully it will be in this case as well.
“My only thought on that is the Championship. If we manage to play our games in the Premier League, whoever finishes in the bottom three deserves to go down, but to be relegated you need the Championship to finish their games. If they don’t finish their games, they don’t deserve to be promoted.
“We’re talking about fairness and we’re trying our best to get the Premier League season, nobody wants it voided. All the players agree the bottom three sides are the worst in the division and deserve to go down but if the clubs below us in the Championship aren’t finishing their season, why should they get promoted?”
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Unsurprisingly, Murray’s comments have not been well received by fans of the Yorkshire club, with many fans aiming swipes at the Brighton striker.
Read their reaction here:
I don't get the logic, if championship teams are unable to complete the season because their finances don't allow it, should they be denied promotion? There is already a massive financial gulf between division and to use this as away of safe guarding your position is just shallow
— London.leeds (@london_leeds) May 14, 2020
I wonder if that’s because he plays for Brighton.🥱
— ajc272 (@ajc272) May 14, 2020
They’re all starting to panic that previous tactics aren’t working so they’re turning to the championship no promotion route. Don’t think were far from ‘the dog ate my homework’
— Mark (@connor_mjc) May 14, 2020
Hasn’t UEFA, the FA and EFL all said there will be Promotion and relegation? So whats all these very late and desperate opinions about?
— Sam Jackson 💙💛 (@samjackson23) May 14, 2020
UEFA, the FA and EFL have all said there will be Promotion and relegation, So he is wasting his time saying this !!
— Kevin Stubberfield (@stubberfieldkev) May 14, 2020
Murray should stick to bench warming, what happens in the EFL is nothing to do with him!
— Derek Read (@Read_madongolf) May 14, 2020
He is entitled to his opinion. He is wrong.
— Garry Pierrepont (@Weysider) May 14, 2020
Hmm that Brighton and Norwich That are running scared that when Leeds come to town they will be 12 points I most definitely want tbh Norwich are starting to by me be hated almost as much as I hate Man Utd and Chelsea
— Adimski (@Adimski2) May 14, 2020