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League Two clubs vote to end the 2019/2020 season amid the coronavirus pandemic

The EFL has confirmed that League Two clubs have decided to unanimously vote for the conclusion of the current campaign amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The ongoing suspension of professional football has contributed to financial losses for almost every club and lower-tier sides have been hampered greatly with the lack of incoming funds.

While the Premier League and Championship are determined to restart the season in June, the same does not appear feasible for teams in League Two, given the additional costs that could be incurred with the quarantine measures which include regular COVID-19 tests.

As a result, the fourth-tier clubs have voted to bring an end to the current campaign and the same was confirmed through a statement earlier today which read:

“Having considered the protocols and costs that would be required to be met to conclude the current season, League Two Clubs have unanimously indicated a preferred direction of travel to curtail the campaign in line with the framework outlined by the EFL Board.”

The unweighted points-per-game system could be used to decide the positions for the remainder of the matches and the top-three would secure automatic promotion to League One.

In this case, Crewe Alexandra, Swindon Town and Plymouth Argyle are likely to seal those berths while Exeter City, Cheltenham Town, Colchester United and Northampton Town could face the play-offs.

Still, this has not been made official, considering clubs in League One have had a disagreement over how the season should proceed, with some of them keen on playing out the remaining matches.

Elsewhere, bottom-placed Stevenage face an anxious wait to know whether they would remain in the Football League next season. They have reportedly asked for relegation to be scrapped.

Meanwhile, Barrow AFC manager Ian Evatt believes his club could benefit from the League Two season being cancelled. The 38-year-old is hopeful that his team are promoted and can take up the place left by Bury’s expulsion from the Football League.

Barrow were at the top of the National League with a four-point advantage over Harrogate Town before the season was brought to an abrupt end. The club are aiming to return to the fourth tier for the first time since the 1971/72 season.

Stats from Transfermarkt.com

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