The EFL are pushing ahead with a plan that would see Leeds United possibly clinch promotion at Elland Road, Football Insider has learned.
The Premier League is tying itself in knots over playing behind-closed-doors matches at neutral venues amid fears of big crowds congregating outside stadiums, including when Liverpool secure their first title in 30 years.
An EFL source has told Football Insider that officials are planning for the Championship to be completed at the 24 clubs’ own grounds.
That would potentially see a huge club winning promotion – and a historic return to the top flight after 16 years – at their own stadium.
Leeds top the table with nine matches remaining and are seven points clear of Fulham in third place.
Five of the Yorkshire giants’ fixtures are at Elland Road, which has been a fortress for Marcelo Bielsa’s side during their promotion-chasing campaign.
United are still sweating on the outcome of extensive behind-the-scenes talks about the resumption of the campaign.
The possibility of the season being null and voided is unlikely but there is still a possibility the Championship will be terminated prematurely.
The EFL are pressing ahead with a restart that would mirror the Premier League, who are set for another key summit meeting today as they work on a 12 June return to competition.
The government is expected to provide detailed encouragement in the next 24 hours through documents about restarting elite sport.
This comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s address to the nation last night in which he began to lift some of the lockdown restrictions, including allowing unlimited outdoor activity.
Under a points-per-game system, Leeds United and West Bromwich Albion would be promoted and Fulham, Brentford, Nottingham Forest and Preston qualify for the play-offs.
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