Leeds fans would go nuts - Greg Dyke warns over legal action from 'litigious' clubs
Former FA chairman Greg Dyke has warned that there will be lawsuits all over the place if the current season was voided, adding that Leeds United fans “would go nuts” if their promotion bid was cancelled.
Leeds sit top of the Championship as it stands, seven points clear of third-placed Fulham and have occupied a top-two spot for almost the entire season.
However all that work would be thrown out of the window if the currently-suspended Championship season ends up being null and voided by the governing bodies.
Dyke is adamant that must not happen and has called on relevant bodies to find a way to complete the current season – even if it means postponing Euro 2020 and pushing back the start date of next season.
“It doesn’t make sense to try to cancel the season,” Dyke told The Times. “We are assuming that Euro 2020 is not going to happen, so you have to complete the season even if that means playing into August and delaying the start of next season.
“You might even have to play behind closed doors to fulfil the contracts for the broadcasters, otherwise they are just not going to pay up, and that could mean hundreds of millions of pounds. You may even have to play three matches a week just to get them done.
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“I can see if you are a Norwich fan or of a team like West Ham, you might be delighted if the season was cancelled. At a club like Leeds [top of the Championship], their fans would go nuts. You can also imagine clubs taking legal action, especially the more litigious ones.”
Dyke is right. There is no way that the likes of Liverpool, Leeds and West Brom would accept a decision to void the season without using every mean possible to seek compensation.
Leeds and West Brom have been the top-two for almost the entire season and, even though there are nine games left to play and no guarantees have been made, you would imagine that they would have sealed automatic promotion before too long.
As Dyke says, the fairest course of action would be to complete the season and put Euro 2020 back to next year.
However that totally depends on whether or not the country is in a state to host football within the coming months.
At the moment, everyone seems to be assuming this might all blow over in time for the summer but that is not guaranteed.
In other Leeds United news, fans have blasted the EFL for their latest statement.