What we know about the suspension of football in England so far and when the season is likely to recommence…
Last updated: 10/04/20
The Football League has outlined plans to resume the season in June and play the 341 league fixtures, including the play-offs, in just 56 days with two-game weeks proposed for a five-week period.
That would see the play-offs played in their normal two-leg semi-final format but behind closed doors and players returning to training in mid-May.
However, these plans are subject to government guidance and could therefore change. While another option, as reported by FourFourTwo, is for a one-leg play-off format to be played at a neutral venue.
It’s clear the Football League has already got some contingency plans in place, regardless of the continuing impact of the Coronavirus, while the Bundesliga is already set to return next month.
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As reported by talkSPORT, Bundesliga chief executive Christian Seifert has revealed Germany’s top two divisions will return in May, despite the country’s death rate increasing for the fourth straight day.
5,323 are the latest figures coming out of Germany, as of Friday, but that hasn’t stopped Bundesliga players returning to training and officials hope to have the season concluded by the end of June.
Nine games remain in the Bundesliga, similar to that of the Premier League, while that figure is marginally higher across the Football League.
However, Seifert did confess that football in Germany could be played behind closed doors for the remainder of 2020.
Meanwhile, earlier in the week the Premier League revealed its plans to financially support the Football League and National League.
“Critically, the league unanimously voted to advance funds of £125 million to the EFL and National League as it is aware of the severe difficulties clubs throughout the football pyramid are suffering at this time.”
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