Promotional rivals from Coventry City make joint statement on season results


Promotional rivals from Coventry City issued a joint statement ahead of Friday’s meeting of the League One clubs.

Peterborough United, Oxford United, Fleetwood Town, Portsmouth, Sunderland and Ipswich Town all want to resume and end the season following the coronavirus crisis.

The campaign has been suspended since mid-March due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

It is increasingly likely that the Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 seasons will be canceled due to the financial fallout from the closure.

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League One clubs are set to hold further talks during a conference call with EFL chief Rick Parry on Friday morning.

It was suggested that the final standings should now be decided on the basis of points per game, which would see Coventry promoted.

The Sky Blues are five points ahead of the table with 10 games to go.

They have a seven-point cushion inside the automatic promotion zone, with a game in hand over their nearest rivals.

Rotherham is second, Oxford third, Portsmouth fourth, Fleetwood fifth, Peterborough sixth and Sunderland seventh – just outside the barrage – while Ipswich is 10th.

There is only one point separating six sides between the third and the eighth.

Peterborough owner Darragh MacAnthony tweeted a statement on behalf of these clubs against the end of the campaign.

“I was asked to relay this message on behalf of @OUFCOfficial @ftfc @Pompey @SunderlandAFC @IpswichTown @theposhofficial to @EFL and the media before our @SkyBetLeagueOne meeting tomorrow morning,” he said.

“As a collective, we are united in our goal of ending this season.

“We have no desire to cancel the season, PPG scenarios / let a computer decide our football fate.

“For our fans / staff and for the integrity of our sport, we are all looking forward to finishing our current games / season under the direction of the EFL at a time when it is deemed safe to do so.

” Thank you for your time. “


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