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‘A national embarrassment’- Leeds chief executive says Championship season MUST be finished

Leeds chief executive Angus Kinnear believes it would be a ‘national embarrassment’ if the Premier League and Championship could not complete their 2019/20 seasons.

The EFL recently announced plans to decide the outcome of the season using a points-per-game system should the Championship and League One follow League Two’s lead and curtail their seasons.

Leeds are top of the Championship so the points-per-game plan would benefit them hugely

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Leeds are top of the Championship so the points-per-game plan would benefit them hugely


This would be beneficial to Leeds as it would see them get promoted to the Premier League, but Kinnear insists the club are eager to have matters settled on the pitch.

Referring to the Bundesliga’s return last weekend, Kinnear said it was vital that both the Premier League and the Championship – which ranks as one of the world’s biggest leagues in terms of attendance – see the campaign out on the pitch.

“If Leeds United wanted to be opportunist we could have seized on this ‘point per game’ commitment to push for an early curtailment in concert with some already very vocal self-interests,” Kinnear wrote in the Yorkshire Post.

“However, our intention has always been to do all we can to complete this season where we started it – on the pitch.

“Marcelo [Bielsa] and the team are confident that they can continue their rich vein of form into the last nine games and believe that they have earned the right to have the chance to celebrate reaching their goal at Elland Road even though our supporters will only be there in spirit.

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“The medical protocols we have been asked to adopt are rigorous, comprehensive, and founded on science.

“England had some of the finest sports scientists and football administrators in the game and the time has come for us as a sport to stop repeatedly framing the challenges and start delivering on the solution.

“It would be a national embarrassment if the Bundesliga, La Liga or Serie A were to be able to complete safely and the first and fifth biggest leagues in the world were not able to follow suit if the context remained comparable.”

Premier League players have begun returning to training this week after being tested for coronavirus – with a total of six players and staff testing positive from the 748 results revealed so far – numbers which Kinnear said “gave a firm indication of how manageable this challenge is becoming”.

The EFL, which is around a week behind the the Premier League, has laid out its own training protocols while also confirming that if play is not possible divisions will be determined on a points-per-game average with promotion and relegation applied.


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