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paulh66

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The FA still has to ratify any decision reached by the EFL and it's unclear as yet where their red lines are. They have stated that they the EPL must relegate (though I think they stopped short of actually stating how many must be relegated) and it's yet to be seen what, if any, precedent they may have created by agreeing to void steps 3-7 over PPG. The devil will be in the fine detail - a point that still seems lost on at least one step 3 club, and presumably others.

Under current EFL rules you either play the season out or, by default, void it. Afaik, the sporting integrity of the existing rules hasn't been called into question by either EFL or FA. Point 1 of the EFL proposal to change the rules basically admits they're now willing to compromise sporting integrity, and it's clear the reason is financial. Greatest example of that is in the notion that you can cancel a season prematurely but still have playoffs - an inherent contradiction and one driven purely by finance.

Of course that compromise now creates a situation where clubs who hadn't even guaranteed qualification for a playoff place and have voted to stop playing will now happily carry on playing to replace clubs that were nowhere near having guaranteed relegation and who are happy to play on but would be the denied to chance to do so to save themselves.

Even more absurd is the notion that an EFL vote can put individual clubs in a situation where voting in their own best interests could cause others to go bust. That's verging on a dereliction of duty by the EFL.

Assuming the FA does accept it's in the best interests of the game to sacrifice sporting integrity for finance, then your winners and losers point goes out of the window. All options can go on the table, and there's no reason that can't mean winners without losers. In such a context, promotion without relegation is no more absurd or counterintuitive than the scenarios just described. And financially - the motive behind the EFL's proposed rule change - it arguably makes sense.

Fwiw I doubt promotion without relegation will happen, but that's based on the EPL situation plus the practicalities of agreeing to (1) bigger division sizes in (2) what may well be a truncated season. Sporting integrity isn't a part of it (although some will try to argue otherwise).

It will however be interesting to see how the FA does explain its acceptance of PPG or does justify playoffs in an incomplete season (every man and his dog can guess at that but the official stance will be interesting to hear).

As an aside, and mindful of the possibility of a second wave of covid in 20/21, it seems odd that the EFL is willing to invent a PPG ruling without defining a minimum % stage of completion. So if 20/21 is abandoned after, say, 20 games it's all decided on PPG. And Blackpool would've been crowned champions in 39/40 after only three games because of WW2! There may be a good reason for not defining it, or if it happens they may wish to change the rule again, but it does seem to be another giveaway that they haven't properly thought this regulation change through. Much better to get it right first time.
 
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Some very good points in there! I think if they are insisting on play offs and promotion and relegation they should use play outs as well as play offs. Stevenage should be allowed to play away to Macclesfield for the one additional relgation spot! Tranmere away to Rochdale and the battle of the Dons with the two losers playing off to go down with Southend and Bolton. In Championship Middlesborough v Charlton, Wigan v Hull. All one leg at the home of the higher team on PPG but only if not played to conclusion which I expect it will unless we get the second spike! The necessity to finalise comes from UEFA who are insisting Countries put forward teams for their competitions based on sporting integrity. Hmmm!!!
Totally wrong to relegate teams who had a good chance of saving themselves without giving them a fair chance to save themselves under these circumstances. It would avoid costly court battles which the FAFL can ill afford at this time! Scrap the League Cup and FL Trophy for one season or play after Xmas if season progresses better than expected!
 

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If the results from the Bundesliga are anything to go by (home wins being in short supply), those Premiership clubs objecting to playing at neutral venues for some perceived advantage of playing at home in an empty stadium might need to rethink. Without a Chard like slope and with no artificial pitches, it's the fans that make the home advantage.
 

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From the Telegraph this afternoon:
"The EFL board will meet on Wednesday to review feedback on this proposed new framework. It would require a change in the EFL’s regulations and so would need a majority in favour when it is formally voted on, probably next Monday June 1. If that passes as expected, leagues will then have to vote individually on how they complete their own season, probably on Wednesday June 3. A simple majority would be required."

I believe the change in regulation itself requires both a majority of the Championship and a majority of the EFL as a whole to pass.
Looks like yesterday's EFL board meeting wasn't as smooth as some may have hoped. Telegraph reports they're now aiming for next week to get a proposal ready to be voted on: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2020/05/28/league-one-clubs-frustrated-delay-june-8-find-season-will-decided/
 

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Liverpool have stated that they could possibly play the ret of this seasons home games at a neutral venue. Since they have all but won the title, home advantage doesn't matter to them, but might to their opponents and not using Anfield means they have more time to prepare it for next season.
 

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A neutral venue has to be the order of the day for Leeds should they look like clinching promotion /title at Elland Road.
 

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Tottenham have had to apply to the Bank of England for a loan of £175m due to the covid crisis. The £1bn stadium has no income prospects for the foreseeable future and has huge debt repayments forthcoming.
Could they follow Portsmouth as the second PL team to fall into administration? Champions League football looks unlikely next season.
Rumours that they might need a fire-sale of their playing assets to survive.
 

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Tottenham have had to apply to the Bank of England for a loan of £175m due to the covid crisis. The £1bn stadium has no income prospects for the foreseeable future and has huge debt repayments forthcoming.
Could they follow Portsmouth as the second PL team to fall into administration? Champions League football looks unlikely next season.
Rumours that they might need a fire-sale of their playing assets to survive.
Unfortunately, I don't think it will get that bad! But I think the four-year run of Top 4 finishes will dissolve into a period of finishing 5th to 8th. Spurs wouldn't be the first club for whom a new stadium, fantastic though it looks on TV, turned into a millstone round its neck.
 

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