Gary Lineker fears decision to derail West Brom and Leeds United promotion fees


Former England striker Gary Lineker is concerned that canceling the English football season is the only way to go – a decision which, if made, could have huge ramifications for West Brom.

With Leeds United, the Baggies under Slaven Bilic set the tone for the second tier of English football this quarter and, with nine games to play, are well positioned to push their promotion challenge.

Albion and Leeds have dominated the championship standings this season, largely left in automatic promotion spots and still benefit from a cushion for Fulham and the rest of the chase before the season is suspended – indeed, none of the two teams has not given up its grip on the first two places at any time since November.

After seeing the non-league wiped out due to the coronavirus, how the Premier League and the EFL might approach the situation in the weeks and months to come remains unclear, and Albion and Leeds still have nine league matches scheduled.

Match of the Day presenter Lineker is concerned, however, that declaring the campaign void is the only answer to the long-term benefit of the sport – even if it doesn’t seem like a fair short-term decision.

He tweeted, in response to Piers Morgan, “It just might be the only way. But is that not the fairest way?

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The subject was being discussed in the back of the Eredivise in the Netherlands, which was canceled last week – KNVB governing body has announced that there will be no league, promotion or relegation titles , which means that Alan Pardew’s ADO Den Haag survived the downside unexpectedly.

UEFA held a critical meeting on Thursday morning to decide the fate of the 2019-20 campaign, expressing its preference for the seasons to end, but said that if it was not an option, qualification for their competitions should be based on “sporting merit”.

The EFL, meanwhile, released a statement of its own this weekend, stating that they remain committed to carrying out the campaign and are constantly exploring ways to do so, while health and well- being of everyone involved remains of paramount importance.


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