The EFL announced how they would like the Championship to end on Wednesday and there were no major surprises in its statement for Leeds United.
The season will look to play on and will be decided on unweighted points-per-game if fixtures can’t be completed.
That would see Leeds promoted as champions but there is one big issue that Atheltic journalist Phil Hay pointed out.
The EFL is not in complete control of its own destiny.
They can declare Leeds champions but they’re dependent on the Premier League for promotion.
If the Premier League shuts up shop then there’s nothing the EFL or Leeds United can do outside of going to court. And no one wants to win promotion that way.
Hay posted, “PPG confirmation from the EFL is obviously very good for Leeds. Covers them in terms of finishing top if games can’t be played. But still need confirmation that the EPL will apply relegation via PPG if its own season can’t play out.”
PPG confirmation from the EFL is obviously very good for Leeds. Covers them in terms of finishing top if games can’t be played. But still need confirmation that the EPL will apply relegation via PPG if its own season can’t play out. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) May 21, 2020
As one fan pointed out, “there’s a chance we could win the league and still be playing Championship football next season…. That is a very Leeds thing to do.”
That is obviously possible but unlikely at the moment. However, Leeds definitely need to be seen to want to play and to vote for the season to continue – otherwise they’d be playing into the hands of the Premier League strugglers.
Not all Leeds fans feel the same way though and are well aware of how fragile the seven-point buffer is that Leeds are currently sitting on.
As one fan said, “I swear to god if we vote to finish on pitch I’m going to cry.”
He’d better be ready to dry his eyes.
Here are the rest of the best reactions from Leeds fans…
If PPG is good enough to confirm Champions and European places, it's good enough to determine relegation spots.
— Adrian Hack (@ChesterCRFC) May 21, 2020
It's taking the EFL so long because A- they've never felt so important B- they still haven't come up with a way of a PPG conclusion where Leeds United finish 14th.
— that silent majority (@that_silent) May 21, 2020
So there's a chance we could win the league and still be playing championship football next season…. That is a very Leeds thing to do 😂
— Simon Jowett (@Simonj32) May 21, 2020
So, what if they restart – we lose 3 games and drop out of top 2 and they have to stop again. Would bugger us royally.
— Roobster 💙💛 (@roobster123) May 21, 2020
This is the risk. We have a tough restart then gets ‘easier’. Fulham game is massive to eliminating risk.
— Dale Brown 💙🏐💛 (@LUDBOFFICIAL) May 21, 2020
Imagine if EPL vote against it 🤔 unthinkable
— Rick Hartley 🏃🚴⚽️ 💛💙 (@RickHartley64) May 21, 2020
@KarlBell2 only thing now would be if the Premier League decides there are no relegations
— Josh Bell (@JoshBell_) May 21, 2020
Inevitable the Championship won’t finish they’re holding out to try and prolong every eventuality to limit legal action.
— Paul Walker (@PaulWal56567799) May 21, 2020
Fun fact. 51% need to vote to end season for it to happen. Looking at the maths, it is very likely that the 2 deciding votes will be…..WBA and Leeds. Strangely, I think both of us will vote to play on instead of getting a default top 2. Mainly due to the optics/legal risk.
— John Francis (@JohnFrancisBC) May 21, 2020
The club have played this whole situation very well; they’ve kept their powder dry, been classy throughout and consistent in their message of wanting to play the remaining games
But they can bring that whole act to an end now – end it on PPG, Radz would be mad to risk it
— Andrew Turner (@TheTurnerTalks) May 21, 2020
If its decided on PPG there will be court cases aplenty, this will be very messy if the games can't be played
— timmy wills (@willstimmy) May 21, 2020
If the EPL suggest the same, ie 51% of clubs to agree then it would pass in the event the EPL can’t be finished. Only bottom 3 for certain and a couple of clubs who have CL aspirations maybe would vote against.
— Smalesy (@shez_dictates) May 21, 2020
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