Sources: Key Leeds meeting today as football chief reveals drastic plan
A senior Leeds United management team will meet today to discuss how the business will operate as the coronavirus spread causes havoc to global sport, Football Insider understands.
Premier League clubs will meet on Thursday to discuss possible emergency measures after the suspension of the league and among the scenarios is promoting Leeds and West Brom in the event the campaign is ended.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider that the first-team squad is training as normal while the management led by owner Andrea Radrizzani and chief executive Angus Kinnear discuss the operation of the club without matchday income.
The Premier League, FA, EFL and WSL have collectively agreed to postpone the professional game in England
— Premier League (@premierleague) March 13, 2020
There is a growing clamour among senior football figures for the domestic season to be extended well into the summer and for Euro 2020 to be postponed for a year.
The Italian Football Federation has called time to complete the Serie A season, which was suspended last Tuesday because of coronavirus.
Federation president Gabriele Gravina says the drastic suggestion will be put to Uefa at an emergency meeting on Tuesday for the domestic campaign to continue well into the summer months.
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Speaking to television channel Sportmediaset, the Italian said: “”We will propose that Uefa postpone the European Championship.
“We will try to get to the end of this championship [Serie A] because it is fairer and more correct after the many investments and sacrifices of our clubs.”
This is likely to have a major knock-on effect across Europe, given that Italy has been the country worst affected in the continent so far by the spread of the virus.
It would mean domestic seasons across Europe resuming most likely in May and then continuing until the end of June or possibly into July.
Government projections are that coronavirus is set to peak in the UK between late May and mid June.
The Premier League and EFL both announced last Friday they have agreed to suspend all matches until at least 3 April with immediate effect.
In the meantime, Leeds are continuing to train at their Thorp Arch headquarters as they wait for further decisions to be made.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side are top of the Championship with 71 points, one ahead of West Brom and seven clear of third-placed Fulham.
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