Leeds United fans are probably assuming that they will see the club resume their bid to win promotion on June 20 with that date being widely mentioned by journalists and pundits as when the Championship season will start up again.

BBC Sport journalist Simon Stone reported earlier this week that Championship clubs will be able to start training from Monday onwards with them working towards that restart date of June 20.

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However it seems that date has not been confirmed by the EFL with BBC Radio Leeds journalist Adam Pope claiming that is an “unofficial” target that is yet to be confirmed by the governing body.

Writing on his personal Twitter account on Friday morning, Pope said: “Last I heard a June 20 restart for the Championship seemed to be the unofficial target having been suggested it resumes a week earlier.”

However he expressed doubt over the Championship season resuming by that point, adding: “I still think both dates are too early.”

Pope’s comment comes after QPR manager Mark Warburton claimed that the season might not resume until July 1.

Warbuton said: “If everything goes according to plan, I would imagine six weeks from Monday, the first league game will be played on July 1.”

Pope does not see the Championship season even resuming by then, which means that Leeds fans will have to wait a very long time to see Marcelo Bielsa and his men taking to the pitch to finish off their bid for promotion.

Although we want football back as soon as possible, we need to be sure that it is safe to do so and isn’t going to be a burden on emergency services beforehand.

Yes, the Bundesliga returned last weekend but the coronavirus pandemic has been fought against a lot more effectively in Germany than it has here.

English football is paying for the government’s inaction at the beginning of this pandemic.

In other Leeds United news, this is what will happen if a Leeds player tests positive for coronavirus this week.


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