The EFL and Leeds United are set to get the green light from the government to return in June, in what has been described as a “huge boost” for football by the Telegraph.
Boris Johnson will say that professional sport can come back as long as governing bodies can guarantee it’s safe.
It is also dependent on levels of Coronavirus not rising between now and June.
The announcement might come as early as Monday when Johnson will address parliament, although the paper on sport returning will be published on Tuesday.
The Championship wants to complete the 19/20 season in home and away stadiums.
However, the Telegraph also claims that resistance is growing to the Premier League’s Project Restart with up to eight clubs said to be against the plan to play in neutral venues.
The EFL’s plan was to resume training on May 16 and this news could see the Leeds players back in Thorp Arch later this week or next Monday at the latest.
Leagues One and Two are probably going to get abandoned this week, irrespective of sport getting the go-ahead to return.
The EFL is still committed to playing out the remaining fixtures in the Championship but it will have to convince the government that their plan to play in home and away stadiums is safe.
That’s going to be tougher to push through than the plans of the Premier League, who are trying to get an agreement to play in neutral venues.
There are other issues to resolve too. Brighton announced that a third player has tested positive for Coronavirus, while in Germany a whole team has been put in quarantine ahead of their return on Saturday.
The Bundesliga is pushing on regardless and with setbacks almost inevitable, the EFL and the Premier League will have to have a similar resolve.
There will be resistance but we believe that football can make its workplace as safe as possible and we believe sport has to restart before a vaccine is found – which might not be until next year.
The government giving the green light for a restart to professional sport is a huge boost to Leeds United’s bid for promotion – which the club and players are desperate to do on the pitch.
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