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Hristo Stoichkov calls for Barcelona to be awarded La Liga title

Stoichkov calls for Barcelona to be awarded La Liga title
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Barcelona legend Hristo Stoichkov claims that the 2019-20 season should be ended with current league standings counting, meaning that his former club would win the title.

Barcelona legend Hristo Stoichkov has claimed that the "fairest" solution to the 2019-20 La Liga season would be to award his former club the title.

Almost all sporting action around the globe has been halted due to the coronavirus pandemic, with Spain the second-most affected country in the world, having seen almost 14,000 people die from the COVID-19 disease.

The future of the current campaign remains up in the air due to lingering uncertainty about when action will be able to resume, and Stoichkov believes that the La Liga standings should stay as they were before the shutdown, with two clubs promoted from the Segunda Division.

"We don't need fear, but we do need discipline. If we look at how the situation is, with the matches that have been played, the fairest thing would be to finish La Liga as it is," Stoichkov told Cadena COPE.

"Lower down, many could still avoid relegation, there are many games left. So the league could stay as it is, with no team going down and the first two in Segunda going up to make a league of 22. Because they (Cadiz and Real Zaragoza) have worked hard and won a lot of games."

Barcelona went into the shutdown sitting just two points above bitter rivals Real Madrid at the top of the table.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona27184563313258
2Real Madrid27168349193056
3Sevilla27138639291047
4Real Sociedad27144945331246
5Getafe27137737251246
6Atletico MadridAtletico271112431211045
7Valencia2711973839-142
8Villarreal27115114438638
9Granada27115113332138
10Athletic Bilbao2791082923637
11Osasuna2781093438-434
12Real Betis2789103843-533
13Levante27103143240-833
14AlavesAlaves2788112937-832
15Real Valladolid27611102333-1029
16EibarEibar2776142741-1427
17Celta Vigo27511112234-1226
18Mallorca2774162844-1625
19Leganes2758142139-1823
20Espanyol2748152346-2320

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