By David Woods

9th Mar, 2020 | 7:31am

Report: EFL to meet today for talks that could have huge impact on Leeds promotion run-in

The EFL are joining football’s governing bodies and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in London on Monday, amid a threat of Championship games being played behind closed doors.

Games in Serie A are already set to go ahead behind closed doors with 16m people in Italy quarantined to stem the spread of Coronavirus.

There was talk of Cheltenham being cancelled this week but that looks set to go ahead despite the number of cases in the UK growing.

A third person died in the UK and the number of reported cases grew to 273 on Sunday.

The report in Leeds Live says there is a “growing expectation” that football will have to be played behind closed doors in the coming weeks – and that would obviously have a huge impact on Leeds’ promotion run-in.

Obviously, the main thing is that the Championship is concluded.

Playing the games behind closed doors might be very odd and terrible for fans, but the main thing is that fixtures are completed and Leeds get promoted.

Handshakes have already been banned in the EFL and Leeds United have taken several extra steps, including shutting Thorp Arch to the public and to the women’s teams.

In a report in the Mail Leeds were quoted as saying, “The Under 23 and Under 18 sides will continue to use Thorp Arch for the time being, but any further risk may result in those teams also staying away. All non-essential visitors will be prohibited.”

With the EFL meeting today and the spread of Coronavirus expected to continue in the UK, we may well see more measures introduced ahead of the next two games, against Cardiff at the weekend and Fulham a week on Wednesday.

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