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Maritimo coach Gomes says Premier League must have relegation

Former Reading boss Jose Gomes says relegation is a must for the Premier League restart.

Maritimo coach Gomes says there is “no point" in playing football again unless the games mean something and relegation is at stake.

“This is the football life. You must be fighting for something all of the time otherwise there's no point," said Gomes.

“We can never be completely perfect. But if you say stop the league and we just start next season then it's not fair. Our second division has stopped but two teams (C.D. Nacional and Farense) will be promoted. But it's better to play football under these conditions than not at all.

“There was talk of two clubs being promoted and no teams being relegated. But in the end, they decided that it's better to play, to give football to the people and then you have the TV rights and they have paid for games that mean something.

“It feels very strange. We are different from England because our second division has stopped. It seems very unfair. But you need games to mean something.

“Football is so important for society. If we can play again then it shows that maybe life is safe. Football can be positive, give people some enjoyment and take their mind off more serious things."

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