‘Premier League season MUST be finished, even if it’s behind closed doors’ – Crystal Palace ace Andros Townsend on coronavirus lockdown

Andros Townsend is happy to wait as long as it takes to end the current Premier League season.

The Crystal Palace winger has told talkSPORT he would rather play games behind closed doors than not complete the campaign, with huge uncertainty over the future of the top flight term.

All sport in the UK is in lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, with Premier League football not currently set to return until April 4.

However, there are concerns the campaign may not be finished at all if the situation does not improve.

The coronavirus pandemic has caused havoc in the sporting world
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On Tuesday, UEFA officially announced the postponement of Euro 2020 until the summer of 2021, and revealed their hopes to complete the Champions League and Europa League campaigns by the end of June.

Those plans could involve playing in neutral venues behind closed doors, to ensure matches can safely go ahead amid the continuing coronavirus crisis.

Many sports stars around the world have dismissed the idea of playing games without any fans, with NBA great and LA Lakers star LeBron James insisting he would refuse to play if supporters were not able to watch from the side of the court.

Speaking on Wednesday’s Sports Breakfast, Townsend admitted he agreed with the basketball legend a few weeks ago.

But if he was given the choice now between playing games behind closed doors and the season not finishing, he insists the decision is clear.

Andros Townsend insists there’s too much riding on this season to just put a line through it and start again
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The Palace ace told talkSPORT: “When this was first put forward a few weeks ago while we were still playing, most of us thought, ‘no we don’t want to play without fans, without the fans football is nothing’.

“But we’re in a situation now where there’s no football, and I think when we restart it’ll be a choice between no fans or no football at all.

“So if they are the two options, then of course you’ve got to play behind closed doors.

“I think we have to keep waiting and play it week-by-week and see how this virus progresses.

“But one way or another this season has to finish. There’s too much riding on it with sponsorship, TV money, players’ contracts and bonuses, the fans have paid season tickets and subscriptions for Sky and BT and those sort of things.

“So one way or another the season has to finish, whether it’s in May or June, or later in September, October or November.

“Selfishly, Crystal Palace would like the season to finish.

“We’re a couple of points off the European places and we’re safe from relegation, so of course we’d like to finish the season and see how well and how high up the table we can finish it.”


Andros Townsend is happy to wait as long as it takes to end the current Premier League season. The Crystal Palace winger has told talkSPORT he would rather play games behind closed doors than not complete the campaign, with huge uncertainty over the future of the top flight term. All sport in the UK is in […]

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