Leeds United and West Brom are working on a June resumption date after Uefa handed them a major promotion boost by effectively ruling out the season being declared void.
Uefa ruled yesterday that “sporting merit” in domestic leagues must be used as the criteria for European qualification in the event of the season being curtailed.
A Championship source has told Football Insider that the knock-on effect is that promotion and relegation would be decided by a points-per-game basis, which would mean Leeds and West Brom going up if no more matches are played.
Nevertheless, the Premier League and all three Football League divisions are still working towards June restart dates.
Germany’s Bundesliga is aiming to resume matches behind closed doors on May 9, and other major leagues heavily reliant upon broadcasting income – like England’s top flight are keen to follow suit a month later.
Talks are taking place extensively behind the scenes with various bodies, including Government officials about when it could be safe to do so.
Championship top-two Leeds and West Brom are anticipating a return in early to mid June after a pre-season of at least three weeks.
Chairman Rick Parry does not specify a season return date but strongly suggests plans for a resumption around four weeks later.
It will mean cramming the fixtures, including the play-offs, into an eight-week, 56-day period and almost certainly playing them behind closed doors.
Leeds and West Brom have seen their promotion dreams iced since the suspension of football over a month ago.
Both clubs are well clear of third-placed Fulham, who lag six points behind the second-placed Baggies.
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