Report reveals the National League’s stance on ending the season, less than 24 hours after it was claimed they wanted to carry it on.
The National League has voted to immediately end the season due to the coronavirus outbreak, following a board meeting yesterday and decided in favour of declaring the season null and void with immediate effect. See a statement below…
The Daily Star first announced on Wednesday morning that bosses are in talks with the Football Association to get them to ratify the decision, as well as confirming the current places to decide who is promoted and who is relegated.
If the FA agree, then the National League would become the highest level of English football to be declared null and void – following an announcement on Tuesday that steps 5 and 6 of football are over.
The Daily Star did however contradict themselves, claiming Barrow, the current league leaders, along with second placed Harrogate Town, would be promoted to League Two, while Maidenhead United, Ebbsfleet United, AFC Fylde and Chorley would be relegated, although 21st place could be a reprieve due to Bury’s expulsion from the EFL.
The Evening Standard along with majority of the fans on social media claim that no one can go up or down if it’s voided.
Voiding the season would leave the EFL having to scrap relegation from League Two, which would lead to significant questions about the integrity of the competition, should it resume.
All professional football has been suspended until the 30th of April at the earliest, with Premier League and EFL members voting to try and finish the current campaign – no matter how long it takes.
But those in the National League want to do the opposite – despite the unprecedented move being set to cost hundreds of people their jobs and send clubs in financial meltdown.
Last week, National League chief executive Michael Tattersall met with the FA, asking for a £17m support package, with all 24 clubs asked to provide their projected losses due to the coronavirus outbreak.
However, it is understood no plan has been agreed, leaving clubs with no choice but to vote to end the season immediately.