The FA have confirmed to the Premier League that they will not be considering voiding the league this season and will be looking at ways to ensure the campaign can be brought to the most natural conclusion, as reported by The Times.
England’s top flight looks like a foregone conclusion at this point when it comes to the league title, with Liverpool sitting 25 points clear, but the relegation battle remains up in the air and the recent postponement has caused a lot of fuss about how to go about this resolution.
With relegation being hotly contested, not far behind it in the discussion is the corresponding promotion from the Championship, where Leeds United come into the equation.
The Whites looked like driving on towards automatic promotion after their 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town back in early March, which put them seven points clear of third with just nine games left to play. Seemingly nothing was going to stop them until a global pandemic swiftly put the brakes on their charge to the Premier League.
With no football being played for over a month now, there is a huge question that needs to be answered about how, or if, the season will be played out to its conclusion, to ensure that those who have worked hard to achieve their goals can seal their fate or be granted their standings based on sporting merit.
While there are an awful lot of people calling for the season to be voided, it wouldn’t seem at all financially viable after around three quarters of the season has been completed, so the efforts now are to ensure that the league can either resume (when safe), or be decided based on the fairest of calculations.
Martyn Ziegler of The Times has revealed that FA Chairman Greg Clarke has told Premier League clubs that any attempt to void the season or scrap relegation will be blocked.
While there is little in the way of an update for clubs in the Championship and below, the indication from this is that promotion will still be uphel to maintain the Premier League’s 20-club quota for next season, seeing Leeds remain as likely to clinch promotion as they were prior to lockdown.
What is clear from both the EFL and the FA is that the intention remains to uphold promotion and relegation by whatever means necessary, giving the Whites an extremely strong possibility of plying their trade in the top tier next term.