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EFL insist relegation must take place throughout pyramid

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EFL insist relegation must take place throughout pyramid

Publish Date: Thursday, May 21, 2020 3:20

The relegation in the three EFL divisions is "essential" to the integrity of the competition, said the league board.

The board's position appears to undermine League Two's plans to shorten the 2019-20 season without a team being relegated to the National League, although the structure established by the board is still voted on by all clubs.

A club must be relegated to the National League, says the EFL board, "as long as we have assurances that the National League will start the 2020-21 season (ie the relegated League Two club has a place to play)".

The structure states that "the relegation principle in all three divisions is essential for the integrity of the pyramid, from the Premier League to the National League".

In addition to establishing the principle of relegation, the EFL board says play-offs should be played in the event of a reduction, but should not be extended beyond the four regular teams.

He also says that the decision to cut back in each division should require a 51% majority among the clubs involved, with League One teams at odds over whether to stop or play.

EFL President Rick Parry said: “In the event that a divisional decision is made to shorten the 2019-20 season, the EFL board recommends that the league adopt the original structure with the identified amendments, as there is a strong desire to remain as faithful as possible to the regulations and ensure that there is consistency in the approach adopted in the EFL across all divisions.

"The board has always recognized that it would always be difficult to find a single solution to satisfy all clubs, but we are at a time when strong and definitive action is needed for the good of the league and its members."

League Two clubs indicated last week that they were moving to shorten the season due to the costs associated with playing behind closed doors and adhering to security protocols surrounding the tests.

Forest Green President Dale Vince, who was against the decision to restrict the League Two campaign, said last week that it is "all sorts of mistakes" to prevent relegation.

Stevenage currently ranks first in League Two, but his president Phil Wallace said last weekend that his club is ready to play.

He told BBC Sport: “We have 10 games to play and we are three points behind, with a game in hand. Why should I think it was not possible to get out of this?

“League Two clubs cannot decide that. We can only tell the EFL its indicative position, but that is the collective view. "

Blocking the relegation would still have allowed Barrow's promotion due to Bury's disappearance last summer.

Gillingham boss Steve Evans, whose team is eight points from the League One play-offs, expects his competition to resume now.

"Finally, we are clear about what we are doing," he told the club's website.

“The return to action in football allows the promotions and relegations of Liga Um to be decided on the pitch and, playing football, you get what you get.

“I trust that all the clubs in League One will vote to play football in the coming weeks. There is also a clear path in case the virus stops football, so there are no more excuses. "

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