Premier League receive appeal over decision that would relegate Aston Villa

The Premier League should not use an ‘unfair’ points-per-game system to enforce relegation this season.

That’s the view of former Tottenham goalkeeper Paul Robinson, who has urged the football authorities to take careful consideration over what to do if the season is cut short.

The EFL have already confirmed that final standings will be decided using PPG if the remaining fixtures are not played after League Two clubs voted to curtail their campaign.

If the same method was used to settle the Premier League, Aston Villa would be relegated to the Championship.

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“No matter what you decide there is going to be somebody that is unhappy,” Robinson told Football Insider. “Someone is going to have to step up and make a decision for everyone to follow.

“If player safety cannot be guaranteed and players refuse to play then there needs to be a committee or a panel that gets a consensus of opinion.

“They have to be big enough and brave enough to make a decision. You are not going to keep everybody happy.

“The points per game one is a real bone of contention in the Championship. It would be very harsh and unfair and Lee Bowyer’s comments highlighted that perfectly. But at some point, a decision needs to be made.”

Former Birmingham City midfielder Bowyer, who is the manager of Charlton Athletic, labelled the notion of using PPG to determine the final table as ‘scandalous’.

Villa are two points from safety with 10 matches left to play and have a game in hand on their rivals.

Dean Smith’s side returned to training this week as part of the Project Restart proposal with the aim of resuming playing in June.

The top-flight remains committed to completing the season and clubs will be involved in another meeting next week.

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