Future of third tier remains unclear after joint statement

          League Two clubs vote to end 2019/20 campaign

          2020/05/15 16:25
          By Stephen Gillett

          League Two clubs have voted to bring the 2019/20 season to an early conclusion after an EFL meeting today - but the future of League One is still cloudy. 

          Following an indicative vote by the clubs, the current League Two standings are to be used to decide the final placings in the table via a weighted points-per-game method - although the play-offs are provisionally planned to be played as usual.

          Although the decision looks likely to stand, it still needs to be ratified by the EFL and the Football Association.

          It has also been proposed that no League Two team will be demoted after the season meets a premature end - which would mean that Stevenage, currently bottom of the table, would remain in the EFL.

          League One stand-off

          In the third tier, meanwhile, clubs failed to come to an agreement - after six League One clubs stated on Thursday that they wished to complete the current campaign.

          Peterborough United, Oxford United, Sunderland, Fleetwood, Portsmouth and Ipswich Town released a joint statement saying they had "no desire for voiding the season, points-per-game scenarios or letting a computer decide our footballing fate".

          League Two in weighting

          Turning attention back to the fourth tier, it is believed that League Two clubs favour using a weighted points-per-game system to finalise the season - the system factoring in each team's average points tally to date both home and away.

          This method intends to remove any prejudice towards teams who have played more home games than rival clubs. Check out the tweet below for a more in-depth look at how the table will finish if a points-per-game system is indeed adopted. 


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