The EFL met today to discuss their response to the growing Coronavirus pandemic.
And, as hoped, they have said their “primary objective, in order to protect competition integrity, is to deliver a successful conclusion to the 2019/20 season, subject to the over-riding priority around health and well-being”.
The news was reported by BBC journalist Adam Pope on Wednesday evening.
EFL STATEMENT: BOARD UPDATE ON CORONAVIRUS
Primary objective to deliver a successful conclusion to the 2019/20 season
— Adam Pope (@apopey) March 18, 2020
It was also announced that a short-term relief package of £50m would be made available to clubs.
This would consist of Basic Award payments being made straight away, with interest-free loans making up the rest.
All football has been suspended in the UK until April 3.
Since that news, the Euro 2020 finals have been postponed until next year with the priority being finishing domestic leagues.
All 24 Championship clubs agreed unanimously that they wanted the season to finish and Leeds chief Angus Kinnear said that they would prefer to play behind closed doors rather than void the season.
Correct response from the EFL
The response from the EFL was the one that was expected today.
We didn’t expect any sort of time scale – there are way too many unknowns at the moment.
However, like most other people in the football world, the EFL’s focus is now on completing this season’s fixtures.
This is the EFL’s “primary objective” and it’s the correct decision. It’s a big boost for Leeds who can look forward to playing the final nine games of the season and winning promotion.
But it’s the right thing for all football clubs in the UK, irrespective of their position in the leagues.
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