Leeds United fans are anxiously waiting to find out what is going to happen with their club’s currently-suspended bid to win promotion to the Premier League.
Calls to null and void the season have led to supporters being concerned that Marcelo Bielsa’s side will be denied promotion and will have to start again from scratch once football is able to return.
However, if what has happened in League Two is anything to go by, Leeds’ promotion bid is going to be secure.
According to BBC News’ sports editor Dan Roan, fourth-tier clubs have agreed to end the season now and decide the final table by using the points-per-game (PPG) model.
Once the final standings are decided, the play-offs will take place as usual with two-legged semi-finals and then a final, presumably behind closed doors.
It is understood that League Two clubs have reached this decision as they cannot afford for coronavirus testing and for players to come off furlough while they are not receiving matchday income.
Hearing that League 2 clubs have agreed to cancel remainder of season, & settle final table via a weighted points-per-game system with 2-legged play-off semi-finals and then a final.
Clubs can’t afford Covid19 tests and for players to come off furlough. Needs ratifying by board.
— Dan Roan (@danroan) May 15, 2020
While this still needs to be ratified by the EFL, it means that two things might happen to Leeds’ promotion bid – they get to play out the final nine matches or they are crowned champions via the PPG model.
We hope it is the former so that we can win promotion on the pitch but if the safety net is going up via PPG then so be it, at least we won’t have to worry about the season being scrapped as though it never happened.
In other Leeds United news, an EFL meeting between Championship clubs got heated this week as accusations were made about broken protocol.