Revealed: Update on Leeds & West Brom joining 22-team PL after announcement
The option of Leeds United and West Brom being part of a 22-team Premier League next season is not considered a viable one by the ruling bodies, Football Insider understands.
The Premier League, FA and EFL issued a joint statement today announcing that matches won’t recommence until at least 30 April and that the season will be extended “indefinitely”.
A Premier League source has told Football Insider that there is little appetite among clubs in the top division for a 22-team league as the workload is already a strain on players amid a heavily congested fixture list.
The ruling bodies have not committed to any option at this stage and will continue to remain flexible.
There is a strong determination from chiefs to do everything possible to push for the season to be completed.
Officials are open to the prospect of staging matches behind closed doors in order to complete league programmes.
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However, the prospect of Championship top-two Leeds and West Brom securing promotion without playing another game, should the coronavirus outbreak make finishing the programme by the end of the summer impossible, is highly unlikely.
The FA, Premier League, EFL and women’s professional game, together with the PFA and LMA are committed to finding ways of resuming the 2019/20 football season as soon as it is safe and possible to do so
— Premier League (@premierleague) March 19, 2020
Leeds and West Brom are well clear at the top of the Championship with nine matches remaining.
Third-placed Fulham are six points adrift of Slaven Bilic’s side and seven behind league leaders United, who have won their last five games in the competition.