Hull City have launched a fresh attempt to block Leeds United from being promoted this season, according to The Telegraph.
The Tigers became the first Championship side to speak out against the prospect of the league campaign being restarted amid the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic when a letter from the club to the EFL was revealed earlier in the week.
And a report from the national newspaper suggests that vice-chairman Ehab Allam has now doubled down on his argument that the season should be voided with a second letter to the governing body.
According to The Telegraph, an excerpt from the letter reads: “Without any guarantee that all remaining fixtures will be played if the season recommences, Championship clubs are, in effect, being asked to agree to a game of pass the parcel in which they can achieve/miss out on promotion or avoid/suffer relegation, if the music were to stop at an indeterminable/arbitrary point in time.
“I continue to strongly believe that Championship clubs are being exposed to entirely unnecessary legal and financial risks (and forced to overlook the health and safety concerns that exist) as a result of the inappropriate haste with which clubs are being encouraged to return to training by the EFL.
“I also retain serious concerns about the integrity of the competition (which in my opinion is more than simply upholding promotion and relegation at all costs) should some, but not all, of the remaining games of the 2019/20 season be played.”
Hull City haven’t won a Championship game since New Year’s Day, and are currently 21st in the table, just two points above the relegation zone.
While they might protest otherwise, it’s hard to look at their demands to the EFL and not think that they are at least partially motivated by self-interest and a desire to avoid the drop.
The governing body as reiterated its preference for finishing matches as initially planned, and that would be by far the most ideal and fair way of settling things.
If that the remaining matches cannot be played for whatever reason, it’s clear that the next fairest solution would be to decide league standings on a points per game average.
Voiding the campaign, as Hull are in favour of doing, would punish sides like Leeds and West Brom, while rewarding teams like the Tigers by disregarding their shocking run of form.
Thankfully, The Sun journalist Alan Nixon has claimed that a majority of clubs are eager for the season to be finished, and we just have to hope that Hull’s argument doesn’t gain any further traction.
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