By Noel Whelan

17th Mar, 2020 | 5:30pm

'Distraught' - Exclusive: Whelan fears for Leeds promotion amid CEO Sky interview

Noel Whelan claimed Leeds United would be “absolutely distraught” if the season was declared null and void because of the coronavirus outbreak. 

The former Whites and Coventry forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, insisted it would be fairer to promote and relegate based on the current standings.

The EFL announced on Friday, along with the FA and Premier League, that all fixtures were postponed until April 3 due to the spread of COVID-19 across the UK.

United chief executive Angus Kinnear told Sky Sports News: “We think it is vital this it is completed. For the integrity of the football pyramid and the financial security of the clubs, finishing the league is the right thing to do.”

When asked how damaging a null and void decision would be for the club, Whelan told Football Insider“Everyone would be absolutely distraught. The fans, the players, the club – this is the best opportunity we have had to get out of this league.

“We have had a fantastically good season along with West Brom and a couple of others. Everyone would be disappointed.

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“The only ones who would not are the ones down the bottom who are near relegation. You are where you are at this stage of the season for a reason. If you did finish now and said Leeds are champions I do not think anyone can complain. If you are in the relegation zone you have not been good enough.

“If you concluded it now (and took the current standings), that would not bother me because you cannot argue – you have been good enough or you have not.”

Despite the governing body expressing that no further decision has been made yesterday, it is more than likely football will be suspended into the summer.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side are top of the Championship, seven points clear of third-placed Fulham with nine games to go.

In other Leeds United news, it can be REVEALED club is lining up three short-term deals if season is extended.