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The EFL have this evening released the following statement:

Following Saturday’s announcement by the Government to allow elite sporting events to return behind closed doors, the EFL has this weekend agreed to a provisional restart date of the weekend of 20 June 2020 for matches in the Sky Bet Championship.

The date is subject to the strict proviso that all safety requirements and Government guidance is met and that clubs receive clearance from their local authorities in order to stage matches at their home grounds.

 

After discussing various approaches and the importance of completing the season in a similar timeline to that of the Premier League to avoid any potential issues with promoted and relegated Clubs, the Sky Bet Championship season is set to conclude with the Championship Play-Off Final on or around 30 July 2020. Final details are still to be confirmed following further discussions with the League’s Broadcast partner, Sky Sports.

During the weekend’s discussions it was further agreed to consider changing Regulations to permit the use of five substitutes in the remaining fixtures and also increasing the matchday squad from 18 to 20 players. Discussions will continue with Championship clubs in this respect.

The fixture schedule, broadcast selections and details on iFollow/streaming services will follow in due course.

EFL Chair Rick Parry said: “With Sky Bet Championship Clubs set to return to full contact training later this week and following Saturday’s Government announcement, we are edging closer towards resuming the 2019/20 EFL season. We have therefore today consulted with the Board’s Championship Directors and agreed to fixtures restarting behind closed doors on 20 June.

“Whilst matches will unfortunately have to take place without supporters, we are working with our broadcast partners, EFL Championship Clubs and all relevant stakeholders to broadcast the remaining 108 games plus Sky Bet Championship Play-Offs either live on Sky Sports, iFollow or a club’s equivalent streaming service.

“We must stress that at this stage the date is only provisional and will only be confirmed once we have met all the requirements, as the health, safety and well-being of all participants, staff and supporters remains our top priority.

“Clearly completing the season in a safe manner is going to require a significant effort by all concerned and, whilst not unprecedented, it will need clubs to play a significant number of matches over a relatively short period of time.”

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So start planning massive BBQs for all your Wednesday mates and watch the games, what could possibly go wrong? 

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Boooo. 3 weeks to enjoy stress free weekends before the embarrassing performances and results start again. Roll on the summer when we can have a massive clear out! Being serious though it’s a ridiculous risk, something that doesn’t need to be happening. 

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So what happens to the clubs relegated from the championship seeing  as league one hasn't been announced as playing their remaining games? It's an absolute joke. 

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Be surprised it will get started but would not bet on completion....so much unknown any plan is provisional.

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5 minutes ago, WalthamOwl said:

Boooo. 3 weeks to enjoy stress free weekends before the embarrassing performances and results start again. Roll on the summer when we can have a massive clear out! Being serious though it’s a ridiculous risk, something that doesn’t need to be happening. 

100% this...lockdown has been a relief from the humiliation. Just end it...out players weren't bothered before god only knows how lethargic they will be now

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We will end up in league 1 next season whatever...imo

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What about ticket refunds?

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Going to build a home bar, get a barrel per match and drink myself into a stupor watching every game

 

I can't deal with another 9 games like the last 9

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1 minute ago, Andrew_Owl said:

What about ticket refunds?

 

:Chansiri:

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If we start opening up from lockdown on Monday 1/6. The nubers getting infected will start increasing. By the time the season recommences hospitalisations will be on the up. By the beginning of July we could see death rates going up.

 

It will be a close run thing between ending the season and another lockdown.

 

Keep your fingers crossed. It could all go perfectly or the s h i t could hit the fan.

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All the games are to be televised live on the big screen so we can nip down to Hillsborough and watch them, only £20 each.

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1 minute ago, Inspector Lestrade said:

I'll come n join ya. Stones or Smiths, I don’t mind which, cheers hic, 

I'll get both. Can't have too much.

 

Especially if Pelupessy starts

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7 minutes ago, Grandad said:

I'll get both. Can't have too much.

 

Especially if Pelupessy starts


he won’t start him......will he? 

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What about players contracts? Lots end on 30th June!

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