By Craig Scott

29th Mar, 2020 | 11:30am

Jeff Stelling makes claim about 'points-per-game model' that would benefit Leeds and WBA

Jeff Stelling has rubbished the idea of declaring the season null and void as it would be unfair on teams like Championship leaders Leeds United.

With nine matches to play in the Championship season, Leeds are top of the table and seven points clear of third place.

The Whites are also one point ahead of West Brom, who they have shared the automatic promotion spots for almost the entirety of the campaign.

Sky Sports News host Stelling claims that it would be unfair to cancel the season now with Leeds and West Brom in such commanding positions at the top of the Championship.

He has suggested that using a points-per-game model to finish the season would be the best outcome – and this too would see Leeds promoted.

“I don’t think it is right for the season to be null and void as Liverpool would be denied the title, or Leeds, West Brom and Coventry would be denied promotion,” Stelling told The Athletic.

“Lower down, South Shields are 12 points clear in their division. To declare the season null and void is not only unfair but also leaves the football authorities open to all sorts of legal action. I would rule that out. How about playing to a finish? It might possibly work for the Premier League but to me, all the leagues need to be in synchronisation. This is a pyramid.

“My overall view is that it should be decided on a points-per-game model. The sides who have done the best so far are rewarded. Promotion and relegation on that basis is as fair as it is going to be.”

If the season was to end now with everyone’s’ places being decided on the points-per-game model then the Championship would end as it is as all teams have played 37 matches.

Leeds would finish as champions. West Brom would go up with them and the four teams in the playoff spots would remain the same.

That is where the issue is. What happens to the playoffs?

Do we wait until football can reconvene and play the playoffs? There are only five matches that’ll need to be played.

Or would third-placed Fulham be handed promotion along with Leeds and West Brom?

Every way of dealing with this issue has it’s downsides but Stelling’s idea is a lot fairer than nulling the entire campaign.

In other Leeds United news, the EFL have agreed a plan with the government.