Responding to news that the Premier League has intensified its planning for a closed-door return as early as June, the EFL said its own position remains unchanged as it seeks a way to resume play as soon as possible.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has reportedly been informed of the possibility of holding meetings across the country in a few weeks.
Johnson would be keen to get football back on our television screens as soon as possible, as he sees it as good for the morale of the country.
In a statement released on Saturday, the EFL said: “Obviously, before a return to football can take place, proper test arrangements for participants must be in place and this is at the heart of our current planning, while ensuring that there is absolutely no negative impact. front-line workers across the country, emergency departments, league and club staff. “
The EFL clarified that “the health and well-being of the nation must come first”, but added that they were in constant communication with stakeholders on how to resume the season.
The main factors that have yet to be decided include: planning of facilities, promotion, relegation and opening and closing of transfer windows.
“This work has been going on for some time and will continue in the weeks to come,” added the press release.
The key to the discussions is the views of all of the EFL member clubs, which were said to have expressed a “range of opinions”.
One of the suggestions put forward by the government is for matches to be broadcast on free TV, but this could have repercussions for EFL clubs, especially those that depend on broadcasters’ income.
The statement added, “For the time being, our operational mitigation and scenario planning continues so that when it is appropriate and safe for football to return to EFL clubs from top to bottom of the country, we can make the decisions needed quickly and with some clarity.
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“This work includes the relevant protocols for playing behind closed doors in the 71 clubs and access to these games for our broadcast partners and supporters. “
A government spokesperson said, “The ministers continue to work with sport governing bodies on how live sporting events can resume in the future. This can only happen once we have passed the five tests to mitigate the social distancing measures. “