EFL coronavirus meeting RECAP: Sunderland, Portsmouth and Coventry hear verdict as 2019-20 season will finish and clubs to receive £50 million relief package
The EFL met on Wednesday afternoon as it was confirmed that the 2019-20 campaign would finish despite its suspension due to coronavirus.
After imposing an initial three-week suspension, it is likely that even more fixtures could be postponed following the outbreak of COVID-19.
We’ve been bringing you updates from EFL meeting throughout the day, as and when they happened. Simply scroll down through our live blog for a recap of all the latest news and developments from Wednesday:
EFL coronavirus meeting RECAP: Updates from the league summit
Last updated: Wednesday, 18 March, 2020, 19:02
- The EFL have met and are committed to completing the 2019-20 season.
- A £50m short term relief package is in place to financially aid clubs.
- Championship, League One and League Two fixtures are currently suspended until April 3 - but that is likely to be extended
- UEFA want leagues to target ending their season by June 30
And welcome to our live blog - bringing you updates from the EFL meeting later today.
We'll have all the latest from there, plus any updates on coronavirus in the footballing world.
So stick with us as the day progresses....
UEFA released a resolution on Tuesday evening - and are aiming for the season to be completed in June
A commitment to complete all domestic and European club competitions by the end of the current sporting season, i.e. 30 June 2020 at the latest, should the situation improve and resuming playing be appropriate and prudent enough.
One worth knowing if you're a Sky Sports customer...
A recap of all the big, confirmed news so far:
- The EFL and Premier League are suspended until April 3
- Both leagues will meet over the next 48 hours to discuss an extension to that suspension
- There is still a desire from clubs to complete the season - even if it spills into June and July
- UEFA have pushed Euro 2020 back by a year
A look at the potential agenda for today's EFL Board meeting
League One boss calls for clairty from today's EFL meeting
Karl Robinson, Oxford United
I think what should come out is different proposals at different times. If we play by this date, this will be the scenario. Can we move the play-offs back? If we can get back and play behind closed doors we’ll do this, almost like a ten-step understanding of where we are.
EFL clubs keen to see season completed - BBC
Something to break up all the coronavirus talk...
Gillingham chairman delivers a stark warning
Gillingham chairman Paul Scally believes there is a real risk that his side could run out of money in the next three months.
Assuming we can come to an arrangement with HMRC, not so much defer payments but have a holiday of not paying any HMRC payments for the next three months we can then use that money to keep the staff going.
"Obviously staff will have to come to arrangements with their own mortgage companies, banks or car loan companies to maybe have a holiday of three months of not paying payments there.
"So, if we can give enough money that staff can buy essentials like food, put petrol in their cars so that they can get around [and] look after their families then I think we can probably last two or three months.
"After that the cash we do have will run out and I don't have any solution past two or three months."
EFL meeting latest
- The main priority is to ensure the health and well-being of all member clubs and their employees.
- The meeting will also discuss the financial implications for all EFL clubs, especially those considered 'most at risk'.
- The independent views of all members clubs on the best way forward if football restarts will be assessed.
- Verdict expected later this evening.