By Football Insider speaking to Kevin Campbell

13th Mar, 2020 | 12:45pm

Exclusive: Bruce verdict on Leeds getting promoted now amid official update

Leeds United should be granted promotion based on the Championship table as it stands rather than the season voided.

That is according to former Leeds and Premier League defender Alex Bruce, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the possibility of the club losing out due to the Coronavirus.

The English Football League agreed at a meeting this morning to suspend all matches until at least 3 April with immediate effect.

It means Leeds’ matches against Cardiff City on Sunday, Fulham next Wednesday and Luton Town on Saturday week have all been postponed.

There is the possibility of United’s promotion hopes being shattered by the cancellation of the entire season.

Bruce told Football Insider: “I think if you’re going to cancel it you can’t just dismiss the league table as it stands.

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“How many games have there been, 30-something? The thought of just letting people off the hook in terms of relegations and not granting a club like Leeds United promotion…

“If they are going to shut the leagues down, if they’re going to shut it down, they either make a definite decision on what they’re going to do in with promotions and relegations.”

The temporary shelving of matches comes at a time when Leeds top the Championship with more than three-quarters of the season played.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side are hot favourites for automatic suspension after building up momentum with a run of five consecutive league victories.

Bruce claims the season should go on into the summer rather than the league be voided.

He added to Football Insider: “Are they just going to let the league be cancelled and go from where we are now and these are the final league standings? Or are they going to close it down and pick it up in a few weeks and try get the games played.

“If the season has to go on a little bit longer than expected, then so be it.”

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