Karren Brady has made a stunning U-turn over her claims the Premier League season should be voided.
The coronavirus pandemic forced the Premier League to shut down on 13 March with no resumption due until at least May.
The West Ham United vice-chair sparked fury among fans when she declared her desire for the season to be rendered null and void, with many accusing her of self-interest due to West Ham currently only outside the relegation zone on goal difference.
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But Brady has now backtracked over her stance, conceding Liverpool are effectively champions due to their 25-point advantage.
“It is a paradox that at a time football would be a great comfort to millions, it must not be played because, rightly, people’s health is our priority," Brady said in her Sun column.
“What is going on in our country and the world is unprecedented and the game is not a necessity — like food or healthcare.
“But to millions upon millions of us, football’s disappearance from life is very relevant indeed. So, we all want it back in a hurry.
“There’s the Premier League to be decided although, obviously, not the title — which is all but owned by Liverpool.
“But neither the Premier League nor the EFL have finished this season’s games. Plus, there is the FA Cup, continental leagues, European competitions, European Championship and almost everything in between.
“The next Premier League meeting is on Friday and the main topic of conversation will be when games can restart.
“When we — all Premier League clubs — last spoke, we agreed to get going again as soon as possible. And that games will run into July, if required, to get this campaign finished.
“This is the plan. This is what we want to deliver.”