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Extension to EFL Postponement

edited March 24 in Swansea City

Swansea City will not play until April 30 at the earliest following confirmation of an extension to the postponement announced by the EFL in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The initial postponement of EFL activity was up to at least April 3, with the Swans games against Middlesbrough (a), Luton (h) and Millwall (a) covered by that period.

But the football authorities have now confirmed a further extension in light of the rapidly-evolving advice and guidance being provided by the Government and healthcare authorities.

The extension means Swansea’s games against Sheffield Wednesday (h), Birmingham City (a), Leeds United (h), Nottingham Forest (a) and Bristol City (h) are all postponed.

The EFL has outlined the desire to complete the 2019-20 campaign, provided it is possible with regards to the latest guidelines around preventing the spread of Coronavirus.

The club has taken a number of internal measures to guard against the illness and to protect all players, staff and supporters.

Details on those measures can be found HERE in an update provided by the club yesterday.

We apologise to supporters for any inconvenience. The club will update supporters on any further developments, including ticketing details for the postponed games at a later date.

We will continue to update supporters via our normal club channels and we thank you for your ongoing support.

A statement from the football authorities said: “The FA, Premier League, EFL and women’s professional game, together with the PFA and LMA understand we are in unprecedented times and our thoughts are with everyone affected by COVID-19.  

“We are united in our commitment to finding ways of resuming the football season and ensuring all domestic and European club league and cup matches are played as soon as it is safe and possible to do so. 

“We have collectively supported UEFA in postponing EURO 2020 to create space in the calendar to ensure domestic and European club league and cup matches have an increased opportunity to be played and, in doing so, maintain the integrity of each competition.

“The FA’s Rules and Regulations state that “the season shall terminate not later than the 1 June” and “each competition shall, within the limit laid down by The FA, determine the length of its own playing season”.

“However, The FA’s Board has agreed for this limit to be extended indefinitely for the 2019/20 season in relation to Professional Football. Additionally, we have collectively agreed that the professional game in England will be further postponed until no earlier than 30 April. 

“The progress of COVID-19 remains unclear and we can reassure everyone the health and welfare of players, staff and supporters are our priority.

“We will continue to follow Government advice and work collaboratively to keep the situation under review and explore all options available to find ways of resuming the season when the conditions allow.  

“We would all like to re-emphasise that our thoughts are with everyone affected by COVID-19.”

https://www.swanseacity.com/news/extension-efl-postponement


Comments

  • Can't see games being played til June earliest, this virus is going nowhere anytime soon, wouldn't be surprised if there's no footy til next season. At the moment there's far more important things happening
  • As I suggested on another thread - forget about promotion relegation , suspend season altogether and start anew in August or soonest thereafter only rather than forgetting points accumulated in season 2019-20 have them equitably carried forward into the anew 2020-21 season as a start off point !
  • Jeremy said:
    As I suggested on another thread - forget about promotion relegation , suspend season altogether and start anew in August or soonest thereafter only rather than forgetting points accumulated in season 2019-20 have them equitably carried forward into the anew 2020-21 season as a start off point !
    So what would you do as far as players' contracts are concerned. Would you allow those players whose contracts are up to walk away, or will clubs be able to sign new players if the points were carried over.
    Can't see that happening to be honest. 

    We are at the moment between the devil and the deep blue sea and only towards the end of April will be able to see if the current situation is going to ease sufficiently to allow fans back to the matches, or there will be a further postponement. Only then will the powers that be make a decision to resume football or wait a further month.
    The most damaging aspect though, especially for the PL clubs is missing out financially from the overseas tours in a normal pre-season.
  • I presume this contracts dilemma would be an issue whatever is finally decided !
  • If the EFL was resumed by the start of May it could easily be completed by the end of June. On the 1st July any player who is out of contract will become free agents
  • Seems unlikely based on the prediction that the virus will not peak until mid-May and will still probably be around in June. Allowing for necessary training I cant see anything happening before July. I can understand that the football authorities have to be careful in their statements for all sorts of legal reasons but realistically I think the season as we know it is effectively at an end. Interesting that the cricket authorities seem to be working toward a July start.

    One option may be to complete the current season in July/August and then have a short break before commencing a truncated league for 2020-21. For example the divisions could be split into 2 (two groups of 10 in the PL and 12 in the FL) who play each other home and away and then a further split into min-leagues of 5-6. This would give 26 PL games and 32 in the FL to add to the 9 rescheduled games. It would also give a bit of slack in the schedule in case the virus makes a reappearance in a lesser form next winter. Its got lots of flaws, but I suspect there's not going to be a perfect answer to what is a difficult problem.  

    On the up side it would be quite funny to see the likes of Arsenal, Spurs and Man U battling it out to join Sheff U in the "Upper Premier Division".
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