Nottingham Forest to be denied promotion under new governing body precedent

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Nottingham Forest will be denied the chance to win promotion to the Premier League this season if the EFL chooses to follow the precedent set by the Rugby Football Union.

The RFU, the governing body of rugby in England, confirmed today (Thursday) the end of the 2019-2020 campaign for all leagues below the summit due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Promotion and relegation will continue in all divisions using what is called a “better game registration formula”.

In the Greene King IPA Championship, this means that the leaders of the Newcastle Falcons will be promoted to the Premiership.

The formula used would apply the average total points of each club at home and away to their remaining matches and decide the final ranking in this way.

If the same rule and formula were used in the Sky Bet football championship, the current top two – Leeds United and West Bromwich Albion – would remain in these automatic promotion positions with 89 and 87 points respectively.

Fulham, third, would be able to take third place in promotion (79 points) – in case of non-play-offs.

Forest is currently fifth on the table with 60 points, just behind Brentford on goal difference.

Using the formula, the Reds would finish with 75 points (rounded to 74.5) – missing the promotion.

Of course, it should be noted that the EFL has promised to end the season when it is sure to do so. However, it is not clear when this will be the case.

Football is currently suspended until at least the end of April, but that date could be extended.

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