Sheffield Wednesday must wait a little longer to discover if the season will resume as EFL announces details of next vote

Sheffield Wednesday will be required to wait at least another ten days before discovering whether they will be resuming the 2019/20 season.

By Liam Hoden
Friday, 29th May 2020, 11:02 am
Updated Friday, 29th May 2020, 3:03 pm

The Owls, along with the other 70 clubs across the three EFL divisions, will be asked to vote on June 8 on proposals over how to complete the season if no further regular season matches are played, the EFL board have confirmed.

Only after agreement is reached on proposed changes to EFL regulations will a division-by-division vote take place on whether or not to curtail the season.

Wednesday this week have returned to training in anticipation that the Championship season will resume some time in June. The vast majority of Championship clubs have previously declared their ambition to continue the season when safe to do so.

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In a statement released on Friday morning, the EFL board confirmed their intent to push forward with the proposed framework to complete the season that it unveiled last week, should it be decided that the regular season is curtailed.

This includes promotion and relegation taking place as normal, four-team play-off campaigns in all three divisions and final league placings decided upon with an unweighted points per game system.

Clubs will be asked to agree to regulation changes which would permit these methods being used at a meeting on June 8.

However, clubs will have the opportunity to propose alternative methods until 2pm on June 2.

League Two clubs have already declared their intent to curtail the campaign at the present point. League One clubs remain in conflict between the two options.

The latest statement from the EFL board read: “At its meeting on Wednesday May 27 2020, having carefully considered submissions from clubs, the EFL board agreed to progress with the proposed framework it outlined on Thursday May 21 2020 in respect of changes to EFL Regulations in the event Season 2019/20 is curtailed in any EFL division.

“At the same time as advising on its proposed approach last week, the board had asked clubs to give it appropriate consideration and provide any feedback. Communications were submitted from clubs across all divisions and those proposals, some of which have been made available publicly, suggested how the framework in the event the season is ended prematurely could alternatively work.

“The board has to date been consistent in its approach that playing out the remainder of Season 2019/20 when it is safe to do so, is the preferred position and whilst the Championship have advised of their intentions to resume fixtures, League Two clubs have indicated their preference to curtail the season. At present clubs in League One are still undecided.

“A decision on whether or not to curtail the season is a matter to be considered by clubs in any affected division, but only once a framework for resolving open issues in such circumstances has been agreed by all members across all divisions through a regulation change.

“After a full and comprehensive review of the club submissions, alongside consideration of views stated at the club meetings of May 13 and 15 2020, the board unanimously agreed to continue with the original approach and is now proposing to call a meeting of clubs on Monday June 8 2020 to consider and, if thought fit, approve the proposals to introduce the regulation change.

“The EFL articles allow member clubs the opportunity to propose amendments to regulations and should any club wish to propose an alternative, it must do so by submitting such a proposal by no later than 2.00pm on Tuesday June 2 2020.

“The EFL will issue any notice of meeting later that day. Any such club proposals will be considered at the same meeting as the board’s proposal.”


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