Sheffield Wednesday RECAP: Fernando Forestieri contract, Josh Windass blow, an EFL update and upcoming opponents' positive Covid-19 test
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Sheffield Wednesday LIVE: EFL vote extends Parry reign, Championship rivals report positive Covid-19 test
Last updated: Tuesday, 16 June, 2020, 19:06
- The Owls restart their campaign against Nottingham Forest on Saturday
- It has been revealed that Fernando Forestieri has still yet to be offered an extention to his contract
- Josh Windass ruled out of first ’three or four’ matches injuring calf in training
- Bristol City receive positive test rating
New EFL rules - and Rick Parry reign extended
EFL clubs have voted to change the majority needed for changes to be made to certain laws, including FFP thresholds and administration. The votes of two-thirds of clubs will now be needed to change the Fair Play rules, down from 75%.
There is widespread speculation that Fair Play rules will be changed in the coming weeks as football considers the affects of the coronavirus crisis on football finance.
Clubs also voted for EFL chairman Rick Parry to continue his tenure, extending his stay in the position until 2023.
Another positive Covid-19 test in the Championship..
Bristol City have announced that one of their employees has tested positive for coronavirus.
Their statement, below in full, does not specify whether it was a player or staff member.
Wednesday are set to take on the Robins at Ashton Gate on Sunday June 28.
You can be there on Saturday.. sort of!
Sheffield Wednesday are the latest Championship club to announce that they’ll be having some ’quiet’ support in the stands for their match at Hillsborough against Nottingham Forest on Saturday.. as fans are able to pay for printed cut-outs of themselves to sit in the stands!
The initiative is one that many second-tier clubs have plans to carry out after several clubs in Germany used it as a much-needed revenue stream.
The cut-outs cost £25 and anyone interested should visit the club website. A Wednesday club statement is as below..
"The Championship is set to return on Saturday 20 June and the Owls are offering supporters a unique way to back the boys for the five remaining fixtures here at Hillsborough.
"All games will be played behind closed doors - but you can still be represented in S6 by virtue of a correx cut-out of yourself to be displayed in the North Stand.
"Our ‘Fan in the Stand’ campaign is designed to fill the seats with familiar faces whilst giving you the chance to play your part in the supporting the club both on and off the pitch from the comfort of your own home!
"How it works; 1. Put on your game-day gear and upload your photo! 2. Sign up quickly and easily and secure your cut-out for just £25! 3. Watch the game on iFollow and spot for yourself in the stand!
"After the season has ended, you can collect your personalised cut-out to keep as a momento of what has already proved a very different Championship campaign.
“Bookings are being taken now to secure your seat for the rest of the season, with a deadline of 23:59 on Wednesday, 17 June to guarantee your place as a Fan in the Stand when the Owls host Nottingham Forest on Saturday!”
Wednesday season ticket latest..
Sheffield Wednesday have released details of their refund policy for season ticket holders - and there’s a range of options available..
Our man Joe Crann has more..
Hull City quintet to leave before the end of the season
Hull City have confirmed that Eric Lichaj, Jackson Irvine, Stephen Kingsley and Marcus Maddison will not play beyond the end of their contract at the end of June.
On-loan Barnsley man Malik Wilks will also return to his parent club at the end of the month after the Tykes refused to extend his contract.
The Star understands that Sheffield Wednesday contacted the parent clubs of their loan players to discuss potential extensions last week.
The rumour mill
Here’s the latest gossip from around the Championship
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There's less than a week to go until the Championship makes its return, and it will be fascinating to see what impact the extended lockdown break has on the fight for promotion and relegation battle over the coming weeks.
As things stand, Forestieri could be gone by the end of the month
Sheffield Wednesday have two games left before Fernando Forestieri’s contract at the club expires, and there’s serious doubt as to whether he’ll be at the club beyond June 30th.
Good morning, Owls
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