ENTIRE EFL DECLARATION
Here is today’s EFL statement in FULL: Representatives of Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 clubs met today by division where they shared a wide range of comprehensive views on how the 2019 season / 20 ends.
The merits of playing the remaining matches were fully discussed, with particular emphasis on the health and wellness issues that COVID-19 created, the requirements for ongoing tests, the problems of recording players and the financial burdens that clubs are already facing in this difficult time.
In the event of a break in the season, the EFL board of directors explained how this could be resolved through a framework including the maintenance of the principle of promotion and relegation, rankings to be determined via points not weighted per match (PPG) and play-offs to stay in each division to determine the final promotion spot.
The EFL board, whose aspiration has always been to wrap up the 2019/20 season by completing the remaining games, has previously stated that any decision on how to wrap up the season is a matter that clubs must determine in their respective divisions and, therefore, from today’s discussions, the following update can be provided:
After examining the protocols and costs that should be followed to conclude the current season, the League Two clubs unanimously indicated a preferred direction of travel to reduce the campaign in accordance with the framework defined by the EFL board of directors. .
In addition, the clubs have asked that consideration be given to the suspension of relegation to the National League for 2019/20 due to created circumstances where the matches cannot be ended. No commitment has been made in this regard and the Board will now consider the implications of the Division’s preferred approach at its next meeting.
Views were shared in League One and it was determined that there would be a further period of reflection and consultation to understand which creative solutions could be implemented. It was recognized that the need to find innovative and creative solutions was of paramount importance, as was the need to make decisions quickly.
In addition, the championship clubs met earlier this week and have indicated that they want to continue and end the season.
The EFL will continue to work with all of its members to advance discussions and make necessary decisions, if necessary, in difficult and complex circumstances.