Danny Mills claims “nobody will care” about the outcome of matches if relegation is taken off the table as Aston Villa are hoping.
The former Leeds and Manchester City full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested fans would not watch the Premier League if relegation was not a possibility when the season restarts.
The Premier League is proposing, as part of ‘Project Restart’, that all remaining fixtures be played at 8-10 neutral venues to maximise player safety.
However, relegation-threatened sides Villa, Watford, Bournemouth, Brighton and West Ham have opposed the suggestion – all have more home games than away games to play.
Villa chief executive Christian Purslow told talkSPORT he would not agree to the neutral venues proposal unless “the circumstances were right”.
When asked by Football Insider if relegation should be scrapped if the season is to be played out in neutral grounds, Mills said: “There is no point in playing football if there is no relegation or no promotion. It is a complete waste of time.
“The only reason you are playing is to receive TV revenue. No one would watch it.
“Football would be back but there would be no competition. It would be like watching a pre-season friendly.
“Brighton playing Aston Villa, so what. It is 9-0 – nobody cares. Players will have the wrong attitude.
“There is a slight home advantage but there is no fans either way. There is no perfect solution in all of this.”
It would require 14 clubs’ vote to void the season and with only five currently opposed to the neutral venues proposal, it is unlikely the bottom clubs will be able to block it.
The Premier League may threaten the struggling sides with relegation if they do not agree to use neutral venues in tomorrow’s meeting.
In other Aston Villa news, Noel Whelan has urged the FA to ban Jack Grealish upon the season’s restart.