Premier League may need to borrow trophy ahead of title finale
The Premier League may have to borrow a replica trophy from a former winner ahead with the three-way fight for the title.
Chelsea’s defeat of table-toppers Liverpool at Anfield yesterday means the trophy is likely to be a three-way fight on the final day of the season which will present logistical problems for the league.
Currently the Premier League has just two trophies available, which means that they may be forced to borrow a championship trophy from Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City or Blackburn Rovers if this season’s three-way title race goes down to the wire.
The Telegraph has confirmed that the league has already made plans for presentation ceremonies at the venues for City, Liverpool and Chelsea’s final games of the season on May 11, with a third set of medals having been ordered in case each of the clubs is still in contention.
The paper has added that a third trophy, used by competition sponsors Barclays for promotional purposes, may not be available for what is on course to be a three-horse climax unprecedented in the competition’s 21-year history.
The trophy lifted by United last year is expected to be taken to the venue where the team top of the table on the morning of May 11 play their last game, with Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore on standby to present it.
The silverware at Premier League HQ should go to the venue of whoever lies in second place, with the remaining trophy going to the stadium where the side in third will play.