The English Football League (EFL) clubs are told to expect to play without any fans but with a live broadcast. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, professional soccer in England has been suspended since March 13, but the EFL intends to complete the season in full, including playoffs games to promote top-ranking.
“Unfortunately, I cannot tell you today when football will resume, though whenever we do return matches are likely to be played without crowds,” EFL chairman Rick Parry said in a letter to the fans.
“With or without spectators, delivering a successful conclusion to the 2019-20 season remains our goal to ensure the integrity of our competitions.”
“This, of course, means that a number of factors – including when, where and within what timeframe fixture will be played – must be given careful consideration in line with Government advice,” he added.
The EFL previously told clubs not to expect training any time before 16 May but now seems like things are moving according to plan as Parry said that the league is looking into ways of televising or streaming the remainder of the season with a live broadcast.
“To give you an honest assessment of the current situation; the point at which you will be able to attend games again remains unclear,” Parry wrote.
The EFL chairman added when interviewed by Sky Sports by saying that while the clubs were struggling financially, due to the coronavirus pandemic it is unclear of when they will make a return.
“Clearly, the virus is going to decide when we start playing again. No one knows exactly when that is going to be. Clearly, at the moment, there is a lot of uncertainty and a lot of unrest, particularly at our level where clubs are struggling financially.” he said.
“In times of anxiety everyone gets anxious and nervous and worries about what happens next. It’s a really unprecedented situation and, to be blunt, nobody has any answer, because nobody knows when we’re going to get through this.”
Article Accredited To: Mamorobela Lethabo