PL And EFL Clubs Push For June 30 Deadline To Complete The Season (Mail)

There is a growing desire within the Premier League and EFL to have the season finished one way or another by June 30.

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Top-flight
clubs will meet on Thursday morning via video conference and the
current return date of April 4 is expected to be pushed back with the
support of the FA.

But an increasing number of Premier
League clubs are also lobbying for a cut-off date at which a decision
will be made on whether to abandon attempts to play outstanding matches.
There is a strong belief that playing any football after June 30, when
some players’ contracts expire, could prove to be almost impossible.

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Should
the coronavirus crisis prevent a resumption by the cut-off point, huge
decisions will have to be made over how to deal with the premature end
to the campaign. Are Liverpool declared title-winners and Aston Villa
relegated along with Norwich and Bournemouth? Is the season declared
null and void? What of Leeds and West Bromwich Albion and their
promotion hopes – and so on down the pyramid?

After
postponing Euro 2020 on Tuesday, UEFA said it wanted all domestic and
European club competitions finished by June 30. Many believe that is
unlikely, given the crisis has shown little sign of subsiding. Premier
League clubs have either nine or 10 matches still to play. Legal advice
will be supplied at the summit and will play a key role in any
decisions.

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On Wednesday, the EFL announced it will release a
£50million short-term relief fund to help clubs with cash-flow issues
caused by the virus. The fund includes an early release of award
payments and an interest-free loan facility. Officials are also looking
into whether ailing clubs qualify for the £330billion Government-backed
loan scheme announced on Tuesday.

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A
number of lower-league sides have contacted Premier League clubs from
whom they have loan players to ask if they can delay paying their part
of the wages.

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An EFL statement read: ‘The board heard the
comments and observations from EFL clubs, before discussing a number of
issues. Discussions centred on financial relief for clubs in the short
term and while there is no single solution, measures are to be put in
place to immediately assist with cash flow via a £50m short-term relief
package.’

The EFL also announced that the Leasing.com Trophy
final between Portsmouth and Salford City, scheduled for April 5, has
been postponed.