As the rest of the globe continues to deal with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, we are starting to see more league in Europe cancel its season. England's third and fourth tiers appear to be next in line. League One and League Two are going to be forced to abandon the 2019-20 season, The Athletic reports on Friday.
EFL chairman Rick Parry said on Wednesday that a resolution to the season would be coming in a matter of days, and the clubs will now vote on how to decide promotion and relegation spots.and the both had their seasons called early due to the concerns of COVID-19, though both were as a result of their governments banning sporting events for the coming months. The Dutch league did not crown a champion while in France, Paris Saint-Germain were crowned league champions.
The Premier League and Championship, which are the top two tiers of English leagues, have reiterated their intentions to finish out the season, while the country's government hasn't hinted at banning sports.
In League One, not all teams have played the same amount of matches. Teams have played anywhere from 34 to 36 games. First-place Coventry City had played a game less than those behind them in the table yet hold a five-point lead. Sunderland, a former perennial Premier League side and now most recently featured in the Netflix docuseries "Sunderland 'Til I Die," looks set to miss out on a chance at promotion to the Championship, sitting in seventh place, one spot behind spots three through six which go to a promotion playoff normally. It's unclear how promotion would work, with third-place Oxford United, fourth-place Portsmouth and fifth-place Fleetwood Town level on 60 points with 35 games played.
Over in League Two, the picture is much clearer with first-place Crew Alexandra, second-place Swindon Town and third-place Plymouth Argyle all in promotion spots by at least three points of difference and not having played more games than those close to them in the table.