Leeds United and West Brom are sweating over their promotion dreams amid new fears a Germany ruling could spell the end for the English domestic season, Football Insider understands.
The division’s top two have see their bids iced as football chiefs discuss plans to safely recommence the English season.
An EFL source has told Football Insider that scheduled talks on Friday about allowing a return to action in June are likely to be significantly affected by German chancellor Angela Merkel’s addresses to regional leaders today.
The Bundesliga’s plans to resume matches in mid-May could be ended if Merkel reacts to a react spike in coronavirus cases in Germany by tightening lockdown restrictions.
She could follow France’s lead by ruling sport out for several months, which could have a dramatic effect on Premier League and Football League plans.
Given Germany has suffered far less deaths than the UK, as well as done significantly more testing, the British government would be under huge pressure to halt action for some time.
That would have a massive knock-on effect to the promotion hopes of Leeds and West Brom, as well as the title dream of runaway Premier League leader Liverpool.
This comes despite a significant shift among the government in recent days to restart major sports.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden confirmed this week he has held personal talks with the Premier League over resuming top-flight football “as soon as possible”.
The Premier League has drawn up a plan titled Project Restart that could allow matches to be played as early as June 8 behind closed doors at approved, neutral venues.
Championship games could even restart two days earlier if group training is given the all-clear to resume on 16 May.
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