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Brighton owner: Not ‘fathomable’ that teams could be relegated off uneven season

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Brighton’s chairman Tony Bloom (C) takes his seat for the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Newcastle United at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, southern England on April 27, 2019. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

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Brighton and Hove Albion owner Tony Bloom’s side is safe from relegation if the season ends without further games, but don’t count him as one calling that fair.

The Seagulls are two points clear of the bottom three with nine matches to play, one of five teams within a four-point margin between 15th and 19th.

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They also have a brutal run to the finish line if the Premier League season restarts, with Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, and Leicester City comprising more than half of their postponed fixtures.

Armed with that knowledge, Bloom wonders how a team can be sent down from the hallowed grounds of the Premier League in good conscience (especially with one of those teams, Aston Villa, holding a match-in-hand on the rest).

From The Argus:

“I just don’t think it’s fathomable that a team which is not allowed to play out the season, may lose out on point-two-of-a-point based on this system. Also, it does not take into account the strength of the team you have not played.

“You may get a title winner, obviously Liverpool deserve it. You may use that criteria for European qualification. But I do not see how anyone can vote for that, certainly the percent needed, for teams to get relegated. I really cannot foresee that.”