English League Two clubs agree to end season

No football during ongoing coronavirus pandemic (AFP)
No football during ongoing coronavirus pandemic (AFP)

English League Two clubs agreed on Friday to bring an end to the regular season following discussions with league bosses.

The fourth-tier sides gathered by conference call to discuss their options, with football at a standstill due to the coronavirus.

Reports said the final table in the fourth tier of English football was set to be decided using a points-per-game method, but issues of promotion and relegation have yet to be finalised.

There are still plans for the play-offs to take place.

Any decisions would require the ratification of the English Football League and the Football Association.

Crewe Alexandra were top of League Two when the season was halted, with Swindon Town and Plymouth in the other two automatic promotion places.

Swindon manager Richie Wellens tweeted: "Even more good news today. Great day."

Stevenage were bottom and occupied the sole relegation slot.

Stevenage chairperson Phil Wallace said finishing the season would cost each club around £400 000, including the expense of testing for Covid-19.

"At a time when you are staring bankruptcy in the face you can probably appreciate finding a solution that does not involve paying £400 000 per club and ending the season is quite a good way to go," he said.

"It's a really serious problem the clubs are facing at the moment and you only solve problems by identifying issues and moving forward. It does seem we are now starting to do that."

Teams in League One failed to come to a definitive agreement.

Six third-tier clubs said on Thursday they were opposed to ending the season now on a points-per-game basis.

Peterborough owner Darragh MacAnthony tweeted on Thursday: "We as a collective are United in our goal to finish this season."

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