EFL confirm promotion and relegation will REMAIN even if season has to be cut short

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EFL confirm promotion and relegation will REMAIN even if season has to be cut short

The EFL is still drawing up plans to figure out the best way to move forwards amid the coronavirus pandemic but they have confirmed that promotion and relegation will remain.

Championship and League One clubs have yet to decide if they should resume their domestic fixtures – but League Two sides voted to write off the rest of their campaign.

If the season is ended early then a points-per-game formula will be used to determine the final standings.

EFL chairman Rick Parry, said: “In the event that a divisional decision is made to curtail the 2019/20 season, the EFL Board is recommending that the League adopts the original framework with the amendments as identified, as there is a strong desire to remain as faithful as possible to the Regulations and ensure there is consistency in the approach adopted across the EFL in all divisions.

“The Board has always acknowledged that a single solution to satisfy all Clubs would always be hard to find, but we are at the point now where strong, definitive action is need for the good of the League and its members.”

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The EFL recommends that continuing the season is the “most appropriate course of action”.

A vote will be put to clubs where a slim majority will suffice.

That means 13 of the 24 teams in the Championship will have to vote the same way to secure the outcome.

This latest update has many implications up and down the football pyramid.

When League Two sides voted to end their season early last week they also agreed to scrap promotion and relegation.

But the EFL have ruled that the original league format must stand so Stevenage face dropping to the National League.

Swindon, Crewe and Plymouth will be automatically promoted to League One.

In the third tier, Peterborough United, Oxford United, Sunderland, Fleetwood, Portsmouth and Ipswich Town are all in favour of fulfilling the remaining matches.

They will need six more clubs, given it is a 23-team league, to vote in their favour to see football resume.

But some smaller League One clubs, such as Accrington Stanley, are against returning to action because of the substantial cost of hosting matches and providing regular COVID-19 tests.

All ties would be played behind closed doors so revenue would also be impacted.


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