Date: 16th March 2020 at 5:00pm
Written by: Zak Roome

Lots of Leeds United fans have been left fearing the worst amid the on-going chaos brought about by the coronavirus outbreak.

Many Whites supporters fear the situation could see the club miss out on promotion into the Premier League, and conceal United to a 17th-year without top-flight football being played at Elland Road.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side currently sit atop the Championship standings on 71 points having won 21 of our 37 games played to date, but face an anxious wait to learn when, or if, we will be able to play our remaining fixtures.

The English Football League, Football Association, Premier League, FA Women’s Super League and Women’s Championship have all put a stop to games being played until, at least, April 3.

The postponement has meant our league meetings with Cardiff City, Fulham and Luton Town have each been pushed back, while it remains to be seen if we will be able to get back on the grass in time to visit Blackburn on April 3.

Several solutions have been touted around since the suspension was put in place, with reports claiming there is no regulation governing what happens if the 2019/20 season is forced to be cut short.

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One option would be to recommence the action in early April, although May or even June is appearing more likely with the rate at which the virus is spreading. That would require this summer’s European Championships being postponed, while another option mentioned would involve reshaping the calendar to accommodate for the 2022 World Cup set to be held in the winter.

Calling the season now would have serious impacts on title bids, promotion hopes and relegation fears, leading to one suggestion that the top two in the Championship should be promoted and for 22 teams to compete in next season’s Premier League.

The EFL Cup would also be postponed for one year to allow extra space in the fixture list, while five clubs – instead of three – would be relegated at the end of the 2020/21 season.

That would be good news for Bielsa and his team, but many fans still fear the coronavirus outbreak resulting in another season of second-tier action…

In other Leeds United news, the club are on the lookout for the ideal summer signing to strengthen Bielsa in whatever league we are competing in.

 
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