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Sports News of Monday, 1 June 2020


EFL: Championship to restart season on June 20

The English Football League have agreed on a provisional return date to restart the Sky Bet Championship on June 20, the EFL statement read.

Top-flight football leagues in Europe are restarting after COVID-19 interruption in mid-March. The Premier League is set to restart on June 17.

The EFL made the announcement about the Championship restart on Sunday evening, after the PL made its announcement on Thursday.

In a statement, the EFL said: "Following Saturday's announcement by the Government to allow elite sporting events to return behind closed doors, the EFL has this weekend agreed to a provisional restart date of the weekend of June 20 for matches in the Sky Bet Championship.

"The date is subject to the strict proviso that all safety requirements and Government guidance is met; and that clubs receive clearance from their local authorities in order to stage matches at their home grounds.

"After discussing various approaches, and, the importance of completing the season in a similar timeline to that of the Premier League to avoid any potential issues with promoted and relegated clubs, the Sky Bet Championship season is set to conclude with the Championship play-off final on or around July 30.

"Final details are still to be confirmed following further discussions with the League's Broadcast partner, Sky Sports."

The EFL also revealed that it will consider the use of five substitutes in the remaining fixtures and increasing the matchday squad from 18 to 20 players, with discussions "to continue with Championship clubs in this respect".

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