Decision regarding League One future delayed further
PUBLISHED: 09:00 29 May 2020 | UPDATED: 10:45 29 May 2020
A decision on the fate of the League One season has been delayed further.
The EFL board met once again on Wednesday to discuss the way forward in the third tier, after clubs had submitted a wide range of responses to a framework published by the governing body last week.
The EFL framework sets out how final standings would be decided on a straight points-per-game basis in the event of a campaign being halted early but, following feedback and suggestions, no consensus was reached.
That means a vote, which could have been held as early as Monday, will now be delayed due to the fact clubs must be given five working days to consider the options available to them. That means the EFL will meet again on June 8 when a vote could potentially be held.
It’s widely believed a vast majority of League One clubs would vote to end the season early, with Ipswich one of six sides to publicly state their desire to play the remaining fixtures in full.
A 51% voting majority, 12 clubs in the case of League One, is required to pass any decision on the fate of the season.
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An EFL statement states: “At its meeting on Wednesday 27 May 2020, having carefully considered submissions from Clubs, the EFL Board agreed to progress with the proposed framework it outlined on Thursday 21 May 2020 in respect of changes to EFL Regulations in the event Season 2019/20 is curtailed in any EFL Division.
“At the same time as advising on its proposed approach last week, the Board had asked Clubs to give it appropriate consideration and provide any feedback. Communications were submitted from Clubs across all divisions and those proposals, some of which have been made available publicly, suggested how the framework in the event the season is ended prematurely could alternatively work.
“The Board has to date been consistent in its approach that playing out the remainder of Season 2019/20 when it is safe to do so, is the preferred position and whilst the Championship have advised of their intentions to resume fixtures, League Two Clubs have indicated their preference to curtail the season. At present Clubs in League One are still undecided.
“A decision on whether or not to curtail the season is a matter to be considered by Clubs in any affected division, but only once a framework for resolving open issues in such circumstances has been agreed by all members across all divisions through a Regulation change.
“After a full and comprehensive review of the Club submissions, alongside consideration of views stated at the Club meetings of 13 and 15 May 2020, the Board unanimously agreed to continue with the original approach and is now proposing to call a meeting of Clubs on Monday 8 June 2020 to consider and, if thought fit, approve the proposals to introduce the Regulation change.
“The EFL Articles allow Member Clubs the opportunity to propose amendments to Regulations and should any Club wish to propose an alternative, it must do so by submitting such a proposal by no later than 2.00pm on Tuesday 2 June 2020.
“The EFL will issue any notice of meeting later that day. Any such Club proposals will be considered at the same meeting as the Board’s proposal.”
It was yesterday announced the Premier League will be resuming matches on June 17.
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