The Guardian reports that Barnsley made it clear to EFL bosses that they would not accept relegation if the 2019/20 season was not restarted, citing outstanding profitability and sustainability cases with the Owls and the Derby County as a reason.
If the 2019/20 campaign is not over, Barnsley is expected to step down despite clubs such as Wednesday and Derby facing independent disciplinary hearings over the controversial sale of their stadiums to their owners.
The Reds, who are seven points behind with nine games to go, threaten to sue.
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The Guardian obtained a letter on behalf of Barnsley’s board of directors which read as follows: “Our view has alarmed us that abiding by the rules and good governance of violations is terribly worse here in England than their counterparts in France, Belgium and Switzerland.
“A key element of La Liga’s strong revenue growth over the past five years is its strict adherence to relegation when the rules are broken (including player wages owed, transfer fees, filing of financial statements timely and unbalanced or unfunded budgets). How can we use the expression “sports integrity” or the word “fair” in any relegation scenario if the games are not played?
Relegation to League One in 2018 cost Barnsley £ 7 million, according to Barnsley co-owner Paul Conway.
“This is a scenario that will not be passively accepted,” continues the letter. “Two to three clubs awaiting sanctions against the EFL charges could change the state of the championship table. “
The letter was released on Wednesday and the majority of championship clubs have resumed training.
The Owls were hit and charged with EFL misconduct last November. The allegation relates to how and when the Owls sold their land to owner Dejphon Chansiri, as well as to the assessment of this transaction.
It is understood that a date has been set for next month’s Wednesday fight before an independent disciplinary committee.
The Owls and Derby have denied any wrongdoing, but could be severely punished if found guilty, ranging from a deduction of points to an embargo on transfers.