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06 May 2020 11:11:00
So the EFL Chairman is now saying that teams in the Championship will take legal action if promotion is denied. He States " it would be a breach of the tri-partite agreement between us, the premier league and the Football Association.

I suspect the FA would have a position on it as well. It would get very messy because our expectation is that there will be three of our clubs promoted from the Championship. We expect three clubs to be promoted".

Is it it possible to stop the restart of this season and the start of next season with injunctions for example?

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06 May 2020 14:03:28
The powers that be will surely do everything they can to avoid a situation where next season starts with injunctions or other legal action hanging over it.

Personally I expect that, if this season doesn't restart, as is likely, the Premier League and Football League will eventually agree that two teams be promoted, with no relegation from the PL this season, resulting in a 22 team PL. Which will be whittled back to 20 with extra relegation.

*Waits for Ed002 to come in and slap me for not knowing what I'm on about*.

{Ed002's Note - I am not sure what an injunction could be raised in respect of. I am also not aware of a situation where promotion may be denied but as the Premier League have yet to discuss and agree what happens if the season cannot be completed, whatever he has said is at this point no more than a distraction. At the moment, the situation is that Friday's meeting has been shifted to Monday and there is now a push to have the clubs vote on the proposal to play behind closed doors - the vote having previously been avoided as it was thought it would be rejected. A number of other issues are now coming to the fore which could also foul things up.}

06 May 2020 15:24:13
And does every club need to vote in for it to be played behind closed doors then Ed, or just a majority vote?

{Ed002's Note - It needs 70% to vote "Yes" (14 out of 20).}

06 May 2020 16:29:02
You have to look a few steps ahead with this 'neutral ground' debate.

Surely those clubs objecting in the vote have knowledge of where that would lead - possibly curtailed league, no promotion, everything as it stands.
Let's face it, this is where self-interest will now become more obvious.

They wouldn't go in to it blind if there was risk of an adverse affect on them.

{Ed002's Note - The vote, when it happens, is unrelated to promotion and relegation. It is a proposal to try to end the season using neutral venues - be they the easier to police venues or The FA preferred venues, or a mixture of both. If you consider the number clubs who are against using neutral venues a straight vote would right now fail - so some clubs will have to shift position. Two of the top six are gainst using neutral venues, one will certainly shift position and the other may do. Then there are the clubs who may not be concerned either way, some of which want a real end in sight who might shift position just to get a line drawn across - then there are those who may think, we will go with it for now but if the dates slip we want another vote - and that might cause an issue - as the dates are placeholders that may well slip. Then there are the players, whos views were to be considered - but that has seemingly slipped away a little right now - if they are polled after the vote it will be ignored. Certainly some English sides have already spoken with their players. In Spain the players of one side are already questioning (as a group) the decision to try and return.}

06 May 2020 17:18:58
Ok and I’m guessing there are at least 6 clubs who are against the idea. The bottom 4 and 2 from the top 6.

{Ed002's Note - More than that but positions will shift.}

06 May 2020 18:15:03
If the country goes back to work and the lockdown is relaxed, and then some PL clubs refuse to play, there will be hell on.
People have paid a huge amount of money at the gate and on tv, and invested emotionally, so it is football’s duty to do everything to get this going again.
And, at present, it seems as if much of their efforts are aimed at denying that.

{Ed002's Note - No, it is the duty of football to refuse to play until it is safe for the 300-500 people at each game are safe - regardless of you and your idiot friends bringing "hell on".}

06 May 2020 18:36:35
I’m in absolute agreement with you Ed.
And if the safer option is neutral grounds, then all this bleating about losing home advantage is just way off the mark.

06 May 2020 18:56:23
@The Juicer,

No-one wants to be the person to give it the go ahead. Would you want the responsibility?

What if a player dies? Like, actually dies? Would you want that on your head?

Yes they're normal people but they are also assets to clubs worth tens of millions, and have families, relatives, people who rely on their income.

It's not as simple as you may think. I'd love to sit down and watch some live football, but that's just myself being selfish. There is so much at stake here.

06 May 2020 19:28:41
Yeah, so much more important than an NHS worker because they aren't worth tens of millions and have no families at all 🙄
Reality is that there is no easy solution to football or ordinary workforce staff. Eventually we all have to get back to some sort of normality, whatever that looks like. The virus will still be here and we can only hope that we all do our best to prevent fatalities be that a footballer or another NHS worker.

07 May 2020 08:34:02
With this in mind then Ed do you see a it starting again behind closed doors? Seems to many issues stacked against it imo with time running out.

{Ed002's Note - The situation remains difficult.}



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