Gundogan says Liverpool deserves title if Premier League season is canceled

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Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan
Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan

London - Gundogan said Liverpool deserved to be crowned champions given their massive 25-point lead over second-place City

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Published: Mon 30 Mar 2020, 1:46 PM

Last updated: Mon 30 Mar 2020, 8:19 PM

Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan says it would only be "fair" for rival Liverpool to be awarded the English Premier League trophy if the season cannot be completed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Gundogan told German broadcaster ZDF that Liverpool deserved to be crowned champions given their massive 25-point lead over second-place City, the reigning champions, which has left it just two wins away from the title.
"For me, that would be okay, yes," Gundogan said when asked whether Liverpool should be handed their first top-flight title in 30 years should the season not be completed.
"You have to be fair as a sportsperson," he added, while conceding that it was a difficult decision for soccer authorities given the impact the cancellation of the season would have at both ends of the table.
"There are different opinions. For clubs who have had a very good season, it obviously wouldn't be nice if it was canceled now," he said.
"On the other hand, for clubs who aren't doing as well and are maybe in the relegation places, an abandonment would obviously suit them."
The Premier League season has been suspended until April 30, but it is looking increasingly likely that the date may have to be pushed back further.
 



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