Championship aiming for June restart, League One season still likely to be cancelled
PUBLISHED: 10:04 14 May 2020 | UPDATED: 10:04 14 May 2020
The Championship is targeting a return to action in the second week of June - but the League One and Two season still look likely to be cancelled.
According to the BBC, following yesterday’s EFL Board meeting, clubs in the second tier are moving towards a June 13 date to resume their season, behind closed doors.
However, Ipswich Town’s League One campaign and the League Two season are still likely to be cancelled.
Clubs in the third and fourth tiers are meeting over the next couple of days, with various issues to be discussed including how to decide the promotion and relegation places if the seasons are ended.
The EFL last night moved the date on which players can return to training back from May 16 to May 25, with rules including no tackling, twice-weekly coronavirus testing and players having to bring their own drinks.
Rotherham chairman Tony Stewart said earlier this week that he’d be ‘amazed’ if the League One season continued, adding it would be “very difficult to restart.”
And, speaking to Sky Sports, Shrewsbury Town captain Dave Edwards also voiced concern about resuming the action in League One.
“There’s no way you can possibly make a player play football in these circumstances,” he said. “Everyone has their own interpretation on how this looks for them, in terms of health and financial etc.
“I wouldn’t be comfortable going back in, not until you know it’s 100 per cent safe to do so.
I know you can be tested two or three times a week, but how can we justify that when people are struggling to get tests who think they’ve got coronavirus?
“That is a bit of a PR nightmare for the EFL and would come back at them.
“It just seems crazy that we put football ahead of the public health at the moment. We’re in a global pandemic, we’ve never witnessed anything like this in our lifetimes before and to think football is more important and needs to be restarted over the next three of four months - when the bigger picture is that we want to get rid of coronavirus – it seems bizarre that we’re even having the conversation.”
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