EFL ready to reject vote that could ‘save’ Aston Villa and Norwich City – report


The EFL is unlikely to agree to drop relegation this season – as it would set the Premier League a precedent to do the same.

This is according to the Daily Mail which says that the governing body wants to ensure that there is movement between divisions to preserve sporting integrity.

The EFL has allowed Ligue 2 to end early – and at meetings next week will present a series of proposals on how to decide the final table.

Points per match, weighted or not, and a mini play-off tournament were all offered.

But one thing they should reject is last week’s indicative vote among Ligue Two clubs to save Stevenage, the last one.

Twenty Ligue Two clubs voted to allow Stevenage to remain in the division despite three security points.

But the Mail says “there is little chance that they will save club relegation” – thereby removing the possibility for clubs like Norwich City, Aston Villa and Bournemouth to cite this precedent.

The Canaries, who are at the bottom of the Premier League, are already accused of having tried to leave relegation after their sports director Stuart Webber argued that it would not be fair to relegate Norwich if they finished their season and replacing them with an EFL club this was not the case.

“Football must be played, on the field, not in the conference room,” said Webber.

“But the Championship must also restart and play all of its games.

“What we couldn’t accept is a situation where we play all of our games, are relegated, but the Championship can’t play – because we don’t even know if the government will let them play, they automatically promoting certain teams that have not finished the season ”

These comments will not have been lost on the EFL which are inflexible championship clubs must have access to the upper flight.


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