Leeds United may be denied the chance to secure promotion at Elland Road when the Championship resumes next month.
The EFL announced in a statement today it is their intention for the remaining matches across the English second tier and the rest of the Football League to take place in the usual home and away format.
However, the governing body has left itself some wriggle room amid concerns that some supporters may gather outside the stadium, particularly in decisive games at both ends of the table that could lead to celebrations.
Clarification in respect of venues for League matches: pic.twitter.com/waDFW8Z0g5
— EFL Communications (@EFL_Comms) May 29, 2020
A league source has told Football Insider there is particular concern over the Leeds home games in which they could secure promotion back to the Premier League after 16 years in the lower divisions.
Matches deemed “high risk” could be moved to neutral venues.
Leeds’ huge fan base and lengthy spell outside of the top flight are thought to make for greater potential crowd issues than promotion rivals like West Brom and Fulham.
The second and third placed Championship clubs have both had lengthy spells in the Premier League over the last decade-and-a-half.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side are seven points clear of third place with nine matches of the league campaign remaining.
The potential for celebrations getting out of hand is also big fear for the authorities in the Premier League.
Liverpool may be forced to play all their four remaining home matches away from Anfield as they close in on their first title in 30 years.