We’ve written about a group of Premier League clubs who are trying to block Leeds United getting promoted from the Championship.
Norwich’s sporting director Stuart Webber and Brighton striker Glenn Murray have both said they would want to see Leeds stay in the Championship if the season can’t be concluded on the pitch.
Matt Hughes, the Daily Mail’s chief sports reporter, called these sides the “Rebel Six”.
And he said that they’ve been joined by “an equivalent Gang of Five in the Championship” who want to see the season abandoned.
He said, “Intriguingly, three of the five are located in Yorkshire, which may or may not be related to the fact that neighbours Leeds are the division’s leaders and on course to return to the top flight for the first time in 16 years.”
The EFL currently wants the season to conclude in home and away stadiums, which could see Leeds secure promotion at Elland Road.
There are five Yorkshire teams in the Championship – Huddersfield Town, Barnsley, Sheffield Wednesday, Hull City and Middlesbrough.
The Athletic claimed that Hull were the most vocal about wanting the season to end prematurely in the EFL meeting on Wednesday.
And it’s easy to see why when you look at the Championship table.
The bottom three are currently Charlton, Luton and Barnsley. Hull are just one place and two points off the dropzone with 41 points.
Middlesbrough are on the same points as Hull, while Huddersfield are just one point better off.
Sheffield Wednesday are nine points clear of the dropzone and would consider themselves safe, albeit not mathematically.
Wigan and Stoke are the other two teams in danger of relegation and we think they’ll likely be the sides that are looking to get the season finished early.
Leeds want to play on and the EFL are behind that stance. However, there’s a very tight timetable to get games finished and any big setbacks could see the season abandoned.
If that happens, the Premier League Rebel Six will start their campaign to block Leeds’ promotion in earnest.
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