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16 May 2020 00:31

Norwich City F.C. Ben Godfrey Manchester United F.C.

League Two clubs vote to end season, but League One teams fail to decide

The EFL said clubs "unanimously indicated" they wished to end the season via a "framework" that included tables being decided on points per game and the play-offs remaining as planned. "Clubs asked for consideration to be given to suspending relegation to the National League for 2019-20 as a result of circumstances created where fixtures cannot be completed," said the EFL in a statement. Swindon Town would overtake Crewe Alexandra to claim the title using the points-per-game method, with Plymouth Argyle staying in the third and final automatic promotion spot. League Two clubs have voted to end the 2019/20 season immediately following talks with the EFL. At a meeting on Friday, the 24 clubs took an indicative vote and decided unanimously that three teams should be promoted to League One, the promotion play-offs will still take place, and no teams should be relegated to the National League.

The EFL say final placings would be determined by an unweighted points-per-game system and play-offs to remain in every division to determine the final promotion place. "Having considered the protocols and costs that would be required to be met to conclude the current season, League Two clubs have unanimously indicated a preferred direction of travel to curtail the campaign in line with the framework outlined by the EFL Board," an EFL statement read on Friday. Stevenage currently sit bottom of League Two but will remain in the division if the vote is approved by the EFL and FA "In the event of a curtailment of the season, the EFL Board outlined how this could be addressed through a framework that includes maintaining the principle of promotion and relegation, league tables to be determined via unweighted points per game (PPG) and Play-Offs to remain in every division to determine the final promotion place. Peterborough owner Darragh MacAnthony released a statement on Thursday on behalf of six League One clubs determined to complete their remaining league fixtures and warned clubs could have their games forfeited if they refuse to return to finish the season. The Championship is still intent on completing the season when possible, and their decision will remain linked to what the Premier League decide to do.

League One clubs could have to pay up to £140,000 each for COVID-19 testing if they are to complete the remaining games of the 2019/20 season. The EFL said the fourth-tier clubs had also agreed to the framework drawn up by its board for use in the event of curtailment – the maintenance of promotion and the play-offs, and deciding the final league table on an unweighted points-per-game system. An EFL statement read: "Having considered the protocols and costs that would be required to be met to conclude the current season, League Two clubs have unanimously indicated a preferred direction of travel to curtail the campaign in line with the framework outlined by the EFL board. "In addition, clubs asked for consideration to be given to suspending relegation to the National League for 2019-20 as a result of circumstances created where fixtures cannot be completed. League Two clubs unanimously agreed to curtail the 2019/20 season and finalise the table based on an unweighted points per game method.

Having considered the protocols and costs that would be required to be met to conclude the current season, the clubs on Friday agreed that playing out the remainder of the season would not be realistic. They unanimously agreed to an EFL Board proposal that the league tables to be determined via unweighted points per game method and Play-Offs to remain in every division to determine the final promotion place. It has also been proposed that nobody will be relegated from League Two to the National League - meaning Stevenage, who are set to stay bottom of the table, would remain in the EFL. The four teams currently in the play-offs - Exeter City, Cheltenham Town, Colchester United and Northampton Town - would remain there, but Cheltenham would move above the Grecians into fourth. A statement from the EFL said: "Representatives of League One and League Two Clubs have met today by division where they have shared a wide range of comprehensive views in respect of how the 2019/20 season is concluded.

"In the event of a curtailment of the season, the EFL Board outlined how this could be addressed through a framework that includes maintaining the principle of promotion and relegation, league tables to be determined via unweighted points per game (PPG) and Play-Offs to remain in every division to determine the final promotion place. "The EFL Board, whose aspiration has always been to conclude the 2019/20 season by completing the remaining fixtures, has previously stated that any decision on how to conclude the season is a matter for Clubs to determine in their respective divisions and, as a result of today's discussions, the following update can be provided." Having considered the protocols and costs that would be required to be met to conclude the current season, League Two Clubs have unanimously indicated a preferred direction of travel to curtail the campaign in line with the framework outlined by the EFL Board. In addition, Clubs asked for consideration to be given to suspending relegation to the National League for 2019/20 as a result of circumstances created where fixtures cannot be completed. In addition, Championship Clubs met earlier this week and have indicated that it is their wish to play on and conclude the season.