Former Celtic boss John Barnes has an unusual solution to solve the current lockdown problem that football is faced with, Sky Sports reports.

Barnes wants to ‘write off’ a league in a future season to ensure that this season gets played to completion. Barnes is not just putting forward this solution for England, he thinks it should be adopted by other leagues, if they can.

“You have leagues to be finished and I think leagues have to be finished, not just from Liverpool’s point of view or any other club in any country” Barnes said, as quoted by Sky Sports.


“Maybe you have to write off a season”

“It’s obviously bigger than that, you are talking about promotion and relegation all the way down the divisions. So I think if the leagues can even be delayed – you don’t have to rush back to them – maybe you have to write off a season.”

Celtic winger James Forrest v Hamilton

Celtic winger James Forrest v Hamilton / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Barnes’ idea is certainly a novel one. However, writing off a season would arguably cause more disruption to the football calendar rather than fix it.

You can’t really just take a season out of football, no matter how unique the current situation is. That would only add to the confusion in what is already a unique situation.

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UEFA’s plan seems more realistic

The current plan from UEFA, to try to get football seasons completed by the end of June, as reported by Sky Sports, is much more sensible.

Odsonne Edouard in action against Rangers

Odsonne Edouard in action against Rangers (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Hopefully that can happen, it would then allow the minimum disruption ahead of next season. That is a better move than the ‘write off’ a season suggested by Barnes.

It is an interesting idea, but not one that should go ahead any time soon.

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