Championship confirms restart plans for June 20

Last weekend, the EFL confirmed plans to restart the 2019-20 Championship season on June 20, subject to government approval.

Plans were also announced to finish the season with the playoff final on or around July 30.

In addition, The EFL is considering allowing 5 substitutions a game with matchday squads extended to 20 players.

EFL Statement: coronavirus update – Sky Bet Championship. #EFL | @SkyBetChamp

— EFL Communications (@EFL_Comms) May 31, 2020


QPR: We’re appalled

However, reactions to the plans to restart the Championship haven’t been met with universal approval.

On Monday, QPR, who are 13th in the league, issued a fierce rebuke to the EFL’s announcement.

QPR chief executive, Lee Hoos, claimed that the plans were announced without consultation with the clubs:

There was an appalling lack of corporate governance.

It dropped out of nowhere and that’s what my real issue is: the process of how this was done.

The clubs need to have a talk, and come to a kind of consensus of how we take this forward.

💬 #QPR CEO Lee Hoos voices his frustration following @EFL‘s announcement regarding a restart date for @SkyBetChamp football.

— QPR FC (@QPR) June 1, 2020


Stoke & Charlton also object

On Tuesday, the Daily Mail have reported that Stoke and Charlton are also opposed to the Championship’s restart plans.

Stoke are 17th in the division, while Charlton are sat in the relegation zone in 22nd.

Readers have been told:

Sportsmail understands Stoke, Charlton and at least one other club are also unhappy about the EFL’s plans, which were issued late on Sunday night. 

With full-contact training across the division unlikely to begin before this weekend, Stoke are among those believing there is too little time to prepare for a June 20 start.

Stoke and Charlton join number of Championship sides in venting their anger over June 20 restart

— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) June 2, 2020


Will these objections halt the Championship relaunch plans?

Right now there’s no reason to believe these clubs will be able to postpone the Championship’s resumption plans.

The Daily Mail also have a quote from the EFL on the objections:

The EFL announced the proposed restart date of the 2019-20 season following a number of direct approaches from Championship clubs seeking clarity.

It should be recognised that there is significant support within the Championship to get back playing as soon as possible, from a sporting integrity perspective and to lessen the impact on season 2020-21.


Three Charlton players are refusing to play, including Lyle Taylor

When it comes to Charlton, they have an additional problem that three of their squad members are refusing to play when football returns.

Crucially, Addicks top scorer Lyle Taylor is one of those players. Chris Solly and David Davis are also refusing to play.

Taylor has scored 11 goals in 22 matches, and he’s been tipped to move from the Valley in the summer.

Charlton manager Lee Bowyer has defended Taylor’s decision. Bowyer told the Guardian:

I can’t make him play. But at the same time, I understand his situation – and it’s difficult because he’s got a chance of earning life-changing money.

It’s not like he’s a young lad and he’s got many years in front of him. I half understand because he may not get this opportunity again.

Lyle Taylor justified in refusing to play for Charlton, says Lee Bowyer. By @benfisherj

— Guardian sport (@guardian_sport) June 2, 2020

“3 players say they won’t play.” ❌

“Lyle Taylor is one of them. Chris Solly is the same and so is David Davis.” 🙏

“Lyle is so worried about getting injured. He’s going to get a life changing move.”#CAFC boss Lee Bowyer reveals three stars have refused to play for the club.

— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) June 1, 2020


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