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PL chief details effect season curtailment would have on Liverpool title win

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Liverpool will retain their Premier League title crown even if the 2019/20 season is curtailed.

Top-flight action resumed this month and Jurgen Klopp's Reds were crowned champions last week after Chelsea secured victory over Manchester City.

The Reds still have seven games to play but there are fears that a second coronavirus wave could wreak more havoc on fixtures.

And on Tuesday, the league's chief executive Richard Masters was asked what the situation was regarding Liverpool's title win if the season was stopped before reaching its finale.

" Liverpool are now our champions so we don't have to worry about that.” he told MPs at a Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee evidence session.

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The Premier League is also waiting to hear whether the localised lockdown in Leicester will force the club to postpone home games or play at a neutral venue.

Masters did say that the league had contingencies to "put matches elsewhere or postpone them until it is safe to do so".

"Of course contingencies are part of our planning," he added.

Leicester are due to host Crystal Palace at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.

The league's chief executive Richard Masters says Liverpool will keep their crown even if the season gets curtailed (Image: Getty Images for Premier League)

Masters was also asked about the mass gatherings which followed Liverpool's Premier League title win, in particular one which involved fireworks being aimed at the Liver Building in the city centre.

Questioned as to whether the Premier League took any responsibility for what unfolded, he said: "What happened was regrettable but we are not in control of people's actions.

"It got out of hand in the same way that we have seen gatherings on beaches and street parties in wider society.

"Individuals have to take responsibility for their own actions."

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Masters also said spectators coming back to matches was "the most important part of the return" at Premier League level and below but said it would be a Government decision on when it was safe for that to happen.

He said a working group was "looking at the specifics and the conditions that would need to be met" for fans to return.

"Football is willing to play a part in that, offer technical solutions and act as a guinea pig."


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