The playoff semi-finals would see Fulham face Preston and Brentford face Nottingham Forest and could be played as a single tie on neutral grass behind closed doors, rather than the usual two legs.
The Championship occupies a sort of middle position between the Premier League, which is confident of finding ways and means to end the season, and League One and League Two, whose best efforts might not be enough. Fears are growing more and more for the bottom two divisions because – without a generalized broadcasting market for their games – playing behind closed doors would constitute a huge financial burden.
The Championship wants and intends to end the season, but while its clubs are waiting to be briefed on how the closed door protocols would work – and how difficult they might be – it has been prudent to discuss the eventualities that might offer. integrity at the final table.
With the caveat that government and public health advice could still cancel everything, the working theory is that if the Premier League could potentially play many games, the championship should be able to host at least three. to resolve his play-off matches. We do not know how that would resolve the issue of relegation.
In terms of promotion, the championship relies on the fact that the Premier League can finish and, in so doing, solve its relegation problems. If that could not be possible, with the classification so tight – four points separate Brighton, 15th, from Aston Villa, 19th, with Villa having a match in hand – it would be extremely difficult to determine which clubs are giving up on sports merit. This unfortunate scenario would open up a series of legal challenges, whether from relegated Premier League clubs or those from the denied championship.
There would be an opportunity to freeze relegation from the Premier League and allow the promotion of the Championship, but expanding the elite would cause its own problems. Major Premier League clubs would prefer, in an ideal world, to reduce the division to 18 clubs.