Premier League chief Scudamore denies Blackpool agenda

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Blackpool 'a breath of fresh air' - Richard Scudamore

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore says claims that they want relegation-threatened Blackpool out of the competition are nonsense.

The Seasiders are 18th in the table and boss Ian Holloway says the League would be "relieved" to lose them.

"They've been a breath of fresh air, they've come up on sporting merit and played positively, therefore they deserve it," Scudamore told BBC Sport.

"If on Sunday they still deserve that place they're welcome to stay."

Sunday's season finale sees a remarkable situation at the foot of the table, with five teams - Blackpool, Blackburn, Wolves, Birmingham and Wigan - all in contention for two relegation places, with just one point covering the five of them.

Blackpool face the most daunting task of any of the struggling sides, away to newly-crowned champions Manchester United.

The mathematics of the situation mean that even if Blackpool become the first visitors to win at Old Trafford this season, they could still be relegated, or conversely that they could lose - but still stay up.

Holloway has already reacted angrily to the suggestion that United may field a weakened team, with next weekend's Champions League final against Barcelona at Wembley being considered a bigger priority.

"Sir Alex Ferguson is a winner. He would never dream of not being interested in winning any match," said Holloway.

"That man deserves to pick whatever team he wants to pick. No one should question it."

Earlier this season, Blackpool were fined £25,000 by the Premier League for fielding a weakened team against Aston Villa.

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