BBC journalist details EFL reaction to leaked story of games playing behind closed doors
BBC journalist Dan Roan has claimed the EFL has been taken by surprise by a leaked story that games could be set to be played behind closed doors.
That came from the Times this morning, who said that the measures could be triggered as early as today or when the number of UK cases of Coronavirus hits 500. The UK had 460 reported cases as of Wednesday.
However, Roan has said that he understands the EFL will “seek clarity today” from the Premier League” and that the news had taken them “by surprise”.
Roan thinks that any announcement about playing games behind closed doors is unlikely to be made today.
Understand EFL to seek clarity today from Premier League on emergence of a ‘crisis plan’ to play all matches behind closed doors. Seems to have taken EFL & DCMS by surprise. Hearing any change in policy towards mass events unlikely to be announced today https://t.co/EywM0zS2xc
— Dan Roan (@danroan) March 12, 2020
In the accompanying report on the BBC website, it is claimed the Times report hadn’t been approved by the government.
The Premier League has also “distanced” itself from it and an EFL source was quoted as saying the leak was “unhelpful”.
The EFL source was also quoted as saying, “There are now tensions between the two leagues, and even between clubs over how to handle this.”
This story is developing as we speak and is likely to change at any given moment.
Italy has suspended all sport, football games in France and Spain are being played behind closed doors and the NBA has been suspended with immediate effect after a player tested positive for the virus.
However, elsewhere it’s business as normal with Belgian journalist Kristof Terreur reporting that games in the Jupiler Pro League and Proximus League would play with fans in attendance.
No games behind closed doors in the Belgian professional leagues, the Jupiler Pro League and the Proximus League. All games will take place, with supporters. https://t.co/46AFShwIMl
— Kristof Terreur (@HLNinEngeland) March 11, 2020
Leeds are due to play Cardiff on Sunday and then Fulham in their biggest game of the season next Wednesday.
Fans are obviously anxious to find out what’s happening with travel plans in place but it’s very possible that the games could be disrupted.
The Times report was very detailed and included plans to stream games free for season ticket holders and ticket holders for each game.
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