EFL meeting could have massive impact for Leeds United
09 Jun 2020 08:03 am, by Ellandback1
Good Morning. It's Tuesday 9th June, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...
Two new positive coronavirus results from the Championship
Two individuals, one of which has been confirmed from Barnsley have tested positive for the coronavirus, in the latest round of testing. With the season set to resume in eleven days time with a West London thriller (Fulham v Brentford), can the authorities guarantee the safety of the players, and manage to eradicate any more positive readings? The EFL issued the following statement...
Following the latest round of COVID-19 testing, the EFL can confirm that 1179 players and Club staff from the 24 Championship Clubs were tested over the course of Wednesday 3 June, Thursday 4 June, Friday 5 June and Saturday 6 June, with two individuals testing positive from two Clubs.
Those players or Club staff who have tested positive will now self-isolate in line with the guidelines provided by the EFL and only those who have tested negative will be permitted to enter training ground facilities.
EFL meeting set to have massive impact on Leeds
The EFL is set for their biggest board meetings in their history later today. All 71 member clubs will be voting to decide how League One season should be resolved, and put plans in place for the future should a campaign ends early and cannot be completed. The EFL board are heavily in favour of an unweighted points per game method with promotion and relegation to follow as normal. The play offs would be one legged, not two.
It is expected that Clubs from the third tier of English football will decide to follow the lead of League Two and bring the season to an end. Unfortunately though, nobody can agree how the remaining games should be determined! All 71-clubs will vote first. If this is passed (51% needed), League One Clubs alone will vote to decide whether or not to curtail the season.
With so much at stake during these unprecedented times, many clubs are calling for special measures to be put in place! Barnsley are suggesting scraping relegation in the event of a division being unable to finish. Tranmere Rovers have submitted a complex aquasion allowing for margin of error to the points-per-game system. Lincoln’s would like to discuss how points deductions are applied to the points-per-game calculation. Ipswich Town would like to make amendments to the play-offs format if the season cannot be completed. Stevenage would like to see relegation from League Two scrapped if the division votes to curtail the campaign.
Leeds will be hoping that the EFL's proposal of unweighted points per game, with promotion and relegation to follow as normal is approved. It will strengthen their case for automatic promotion to the Premiership should the season be cut short!