Leeds United and West Brom are sweating on their promotion fate ahead of crunch meetings today likely to result in another agreement to push back the season’s return date, Football Insider understands.
The Premier League clubs are set to meet over video conference to discuss the latest proposals for how this season’s leagues and cups may be concluded, while there will also be talks with the EFL and the Football Association.
A Premier League source has told Football Insider that extensive discussions have been taking place behind the scenes about how best to complete the season, which is the top priority of the clubs desperate to fulfill broadcasting commitments.
EFL chief Rick Parry has been in constant contact with Championship clubs, including top two Leeds and West Brom, with negotiations behind the scenes on a daily basis and up until last night.
It is expected that the current 30th April date to recommence the season will be pushed back by another month today, with the aim of resuming in June and continuing the season until at least mid-July.
This is for reasons of sporting integrity and to avoid owing a huge financial rebate to broadcasters and sponsors.
Promotion to the Premier League is worth a minimum £170million from increased broadcasting revenue as well as subsequent paracture payments.
One option is for the season to be ended prematurely, but that is unlikely at this point even though the Belgium top division set that precedent yesterday.
Leeds and West Brom, who are well clear at the top of the Championship with nine match remaining, could make legal moves against the Premier League, as could Fulham, Nottingham Forest, Brentford and Preston North End.
Clubs in all Europe’s major leagues are set for key decisions at a time when European countries are in even stricter shutdown conditions than when Euro 2020 was postponed two weeks ago.
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