By David Woods

15th May, 2020 | 7:30am

Athletic reports what irritated Leeds in Wednesday EFL meeting

The EFL meeting ended with a commitment from all the clubs to “doing everything within their power” to play the remaining nine fixtures. That’s great news for Leeds United, who had been threatened by Norwich and other Premier League sides that they would try to block promotion if the top-flight finished and the Championship didn’t. 

However, inside the meeting, it wasn’t all harmony as the Athletic has reported.

It claimed, “Inside the meeting, it is understood that a handful of clubs with ‘vested interests’ irritated their divisional rivals by highlighting the many obstacles that could curtail the season.”

The report went on to say that while a vote wasn’t held yesterday, there would have been a majority to finish the season, with the clubs trying to get it abandoned towards the bottom of the table.

Leeds want the season to finish on the pitch.

No surprises from certain clubs

It’s no surprise that clubs threatened with relegation want the season to end early.

The report doesn’t name the clubs who want it abandoned but we imagine that it would be those who would be currently safe if the season was finished on a points-per-game basis.

As it stands, Charlton, Luton and Barnsley would be the sides that would go down under either straight points-per-game or a weighted model.

Hull, Wigan, Middlesbrough are all just two points above the dropzone, with Huddersfield and Stoke a point above them.

Birmingham are eight points clear of the dropzone and are probably safe.

That would make those five teams the biggest losers if the Championship was to play out.

Thankfully for Leeds, five clubs out of 24 wouldn’t be enough to get anything pushed through on a vote.

However, it’s no surprise that clubs pushing their own agenda above the league finishing would irritate clubs like Leeds and West Brom.

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