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The Football League met on Wednesday to consider the impact of Coronavirus on the season and the implications of having to curtail the season early. Proposals and counter proposals from various clubs were discussed and the outcome is pretty good as far as Leeds United are concerned. Clubs are now required to give the matter further consideration, before the Board formally proposes the appropriate Regulation changes, which will then be voted on by all Clubs. The recommended framework is as follows:
1) Resuming the 2019/20 season with the existing format remains the most appropriate course of action from a sporting integrity perspective, but the Board accepts there are circumstances that may lead to curtailment (as has been demonstrated with League Two) or a situation subsequently transpires whereby the season is unable to conclude.
2) This means that, in the event of an early curtailment; Final divisional placings should be determined on unweighted points per game (if required), Promotion and relegation should be retained and Play-Offs should be played in all circumstances but should not be extended.
3) If a scenario arises whereby the Play-Offs cannot be played, the EFL Board will determine the appropriate course of action.
4) The Board considers that the majority required to curtail the 2019/20 season in any division should be 51%. Determining whether or not to curtail the season is a decision for each division to take.
5) The principle of relegation across all three divisions is integral to the integrity of the pyramid, from the Premier League down to the National League, provided we have assurances that the National League will start season 2020/21.
6) Any regulatory solution should be relevant and specific to the current challenges posed by the COVID-19 outbreak and reach a conclusion that is clear and effective with the impact and justifications easy for all stakeholders to understand.
In summary, there is a desire to resume the 2019/20 Championship season and play to its conclusion. If it is not possible to finish a season each division can vote to curtail the season, and this only required the votes of 51% of teams. In the event of a season being curtailed the final standings would be based upon points per game. As it stands this would mean Leeds would be Champions with West Brom also promoted to the Premier League as runners-up on. Fulham would take third spot with Brentford, Forest and Preston completing the play-off places.