A senior government minister has revealed that he is set to sit down next week with the Premier League and EFL to discuss a way of successfully completing the 19/20 campaign.
Oliver Dowden, Secretary for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, confirmed on Friday that he plans to hold talks with both governing bodies and the FA over the possibility of resuming action behind closed doors.
The ongoing Coronavirus pandemic means that the Whites are currently stuck in a state of limbo, with no concrete indication on if or when their season will be concluded.
But Dowden has made it clear that he is eager for matches to be played if public health and safety allows it.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4, as quoted by Leeds Live, he said: “Public health and safety will come first and if we can get a plan that works then I would like then I would like us to go ahead with it because, I think, it will be good for the nation and good for football as a whole
“I will certainly be meeting, on Thursday, with the Premier League, the English Football League and the FA and I’m really hopeful we can get this up and running.
“But public safety must come first so it’s only if we are confident of that, that will be able to proceed.”
This feels like a really positive sign.
As reported by The Athletic, there is certainly an appetite for the Championship to be completed behind closed doors, but whether or not that is possible hinges largely on governmental backing.
To know that the relevant powers that be are onboard is, therefore, a real relief.
Of course, there are still obstacles to overcome, and the health and safety of all players must be assured before any plan can be put into action, but this is undoubtedly a step in the right direction, and should hopefully alleviate some of the anxiety that Phil Hay claims is permeating the dressing room at Elland Road.
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