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EFL Statement Following League One and Two Meetings
Friday, 15th May 2020 16:14

The EFL has released a statement following today’s conference calls involving League One and Two clubs. The meetings saw League Two sides unanimously agree to curtail their 2019/20 season but League One clubs fail to reach an accord with further meetings planned for next week.

Representatives of League One and League Two clubs have met today by division where they have shared a wide range of comprehensive views in respect of how the 2019/20 season is concluded.

The rationale for playing the remaining matches has been fully debated with a particular focus on the issues Covid-19 has created in respect of health and wellbeing, ongoing testing requirements, player registration issues and the financial burdens clubs already face at this difficult time.

In the event of a curtailment of the season, the EFL board outlined how this could be addressed through a framework that includes maintaining the principle of promotion and relegation, league tables to be determined via unweighted points per game (PPG) and play-offs to remain in every division to determine the final promotion place.

The EFL board, whose aspiration has always been to conclude the 2019/20 season by completing the remaining fixtures, has previously stated that any decision on how to conclude the season is a matter for clubs to determine in their respective divisions and, as a result of today’s discussions, the following update can be provided:

League Two

Having considered the protocols and costs that would be required to be met to conclude the current season, League Two Clubs have unanimously indicated a preferred direction of travel to curtail the campaign in line with the framework outlined by the EFL board.

In addition, clubs asked for consideration to be given to suspending relegation to the National League for 2019/20 as a result of circumstances created where fixtures cannot be completed. No commitments were made in this respect and the board will now consider the implications of the division’s preferred approach at their next meeting.

League One

There were varied views shared in League One and it was determined that there would be a further period of reflection and consultation to understand what creative solutions could be implemented. It was acknowledged that the need to find innovative and creative solutions was of paramount importance as was the need for decisions to be taken quickly.

In addition, Championship clubs met earlier this week and have indicated that it is their wish to play on and conclude the season.

The EFL will continue to work with all its members to progress the discussions and arrive at the necessary decisions as appropriate in what remain challenging and complex circumstances.

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Suffolkboy added 16:32 - May 15
At this juncture there’s so much more at stake and in need of discussion and resolution ,that it’s no surprise to find no absolute agreement yet : and I think we shall find it may take a while to sort out .
Finance ,in every respect ,both now and for the future by way of expenditure , budgeting and control are a top priority ,AND may dictate a change in attitudes and sense of proportion and values etc — NOT before time !
Let’s see what CAN be agreed !

ITFCsince73 added 19:24 - May 15
If there having these problems with 8ish games to organise.
Next season may as well be called of now. It’s all going to be without supporters in attendance.
Behind closed doors games until 2021 then review.
Many clubs still in denial, hoping this will all end by August.
Unfortunately for some, next season behind closed doors isn’t an option.

SouperJim added 20:44 - May 15
I really don't see how the season can be finished, even if you play the remaining games the integrity of the competition is already compromised considering form, fitness of players, which clubs are still to face easier/harder fixtures etc. Peterborough were bleeting about who had faced Bolton at their weakest earlier in the season, does anyone believe they'll ever shut up unless the season ends in them being promoted?

Some clubs are going to be hard done by whatever happens. Just take it on the chin, finish the season now and move on to making plans for next season.

WeWereZombies added 11:05 - May 16
Best thing would be to regard the 2019/20 season as defunct, having no result as unable to complete - much like an abandoned match. Get ready to go again as we were at the start of August 2019 but at the start of August 2020.

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