EFL provides key update on league season and Leeds United promotion offer

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The English professional match was suspended the first full weekend of March after Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi both tested positive for coronavirus.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has since locked out the country with strict social distancing guidelines, and the Premier League and EFL seasons have been extended indefinitely by the FA.

The action was suspended until at least April 30, but officials quickly realized there was no chance of playing this month and UEFA decided to resume the leagues in July.

EFL UPDATE: For Leeds United. Photo by Gareth Copley / Getty Images. Copyright: Getty

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The continuing hiatus and the prospect that the country will take six months or more to return to normal, as advised by the Deputy Chief Physician of England, Dr Jenny Harries, has raised fears that the EFL program may be canceled and declared null and void.

Leeds are only nine games away from their potential return to the Premier League for the first time since 2004 with the Whites of Marcelo Bielsa leading the Championship and having a seven-point cushion in the division’s automatic promotion spots.

But the EFL had already expressed its wish to see its divisions properly completed by filling in all the matches postponed to a later date and this point was again underlined by a press release published on Friday afternoon.

The statement reads as follows:

“Football is committed to supporting the government’s efforts to fight the COVID-19 epidemic and organize football matches in this country. This is clearly something that simply cannot happen at the moment.

“The thoughts of everyone associated with EFL and its member clubs are with everyone currently affected by the Coronavirus.

“The EFL also notes and appreciates the decision taken today by the Premier League regarding the short-term financial relief it must provide to EFL clubs through the advancement of solidarity payments, parachute payments and grants from the Academy.

“These actions will have a positive impact on the individual clubs in our three divisions at a difficult and uncertain time. “

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