By Darren Bent

13th Mar, 2020 | 5:00pm

'Really not fair on Leeds' - Exclusive: Darren Bent reacts to multiple official statements

Darren Bent has claimed that it would be unfair to deny Leeds United the opportunity to play in the Premier League next season because of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. 

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England international suggested that it would be the wrong decision for the relevant governing bodies to deem the campaign void and prevent the Whites from getting promoted.

The Premier League, the EFL, and the FA released official statements on Friday confirming that all scheduled matches have been postponed until at least April 4th.

But Bent believes that play must be resumed at some point in the future.

Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “If the league gets suspended and the Premier League go and hand the title to Liverpool, then what happens to the teams at the bottom of the table?

“Do they just get a reprieve and don’t get relegated? The teams that are meant to come up like Leeds, do they not get a chance?

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“You can’t just all of a sudden hand teams the title – if you do then you might as well say that the teams that are in the bottom three now get relegated. It’s really not fair on Liverpool, Leeds and others.

“We’re in really tricky waters.”

Leeds are currently seven points clear of the play-off places with nine games left to play in the Championship season.

They lead West Brom by a point at the top of the table, and were due to play third-placed Fulham in their next two matches.

In other Leeds United news, Noel Whelan delivers instant reaction to EFL suspension.