Times report details imminent Coronavirus plans that will have massive impact on Leeds run-in
All football games in England will be played behind closed doors in new government plans to combat the spread of Coronavirus, according to a report in the Times.
They claim that a Cobra meeting today could unveil the plan as the UK response to the Coronavirus moves from the “contain” to “delay” phase.
The report claims that the move to playing behind closed doors could be triggered as early as today or as soon as the number of cases in the UK moves to 500. It currently stands at 460.
It also claims that season ticket holders and ticket holders will be able to stream the games live and watch them at home. And clubs would have the option to sell the stream to fans.
However, pubs will not show the games to stop crowds meeting up to watch the games in public.
The good news for Leeds is that there are currently no plans to postpone or even terminate the league early.
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However, this could affect games as early as Cardiff at the weekend and obviously Fulham next week.
Playing behind closed doors, despite being criticised by the likes of Gary Neville and Gary Lineker, is seen as the only solution that can protect the integrity of the competitions.
The most important thing at the moment is the public’s health.
Behind that, the main thing for Leeds is that fixtures are completed – however that happens.
Leeds are on the brink of promotion and while it will be horrible for fans to miss out, completing the season now is key.
Better to get promoted without fans than miss out because the season is wiped from the records.
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