Darren Bent has blasted the “disgusting” suggestion that Aston Villa and other Premier League sides could be saved from the threat of relegation amid the Coronavirus pandemic.
The former Villa and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists there is no point trying to finish the season if there is nothing to play for at the bottom.
Speaking to talkSPORT on Wednesday, Villa CEO Christian Purslow hinted that he does not want to see relegation in the Premier League this season, stating it would be a “£200m catastrophe” for any side to go down.
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He insisted that finishing the season without teams dropping out the league had not yet been discussed among club chiefs.
Bent believes it would be pointless to continue playing if the threat of relegation was taken off the table, suggesting there would be severe backlash from the lower tiers of English football.
“Listen, if there’s not going to be any relegation there’s no point finishing the season,” Bent told Football Insider.
“What, are the rest going to be friendlies? There’s no point in that. I think Rick Parry said it, and I agree with what he’s saying, can you imagine if there’s no relegation, the effect it will have on League Two, League One and the Championship?
“They’re all going to come after the Premier League and they’re going to go, ‘it’s disgusting’.”
Villa currently sit 19th in the top-flight table, two points off safety with a game in hand over those around them.
Norwich are a further four points behind Dean Smith’s men in last, while Bournemouth, Watford and West Ham are separated by goal difference alone.
In other Aston Villa news, Alan Hutton insists the fans are “up in arms” after Purslow’s comments.