Verdict over whether Portsmouth, Sunderland and Coventry's League One season will restart as Uefa announce plans for leagues to be cancelled

Uefa’s plans to allow leagues to be cancelled will not stretch to League One.

Wednesday, 22nd April 2020, 10:00 am
Updated Thursday, 23rd April 2020, 2:22 pm

The European governing body revealed it’s prepared to allow some leagues no to restart in special cases, after meeting yesterday.

According to a League One club owner, that will not be the case in the third tier of the English game, however.

Uefa is still planning for a June restart to football, but has released a statement they will look at ‘special cases’ where exceptions are made to those plans.

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That news comes with the Dutch Eredivisie set to be cancelled after a major events ban was extended until September 1 in the country. The Belgian Jupiler league has already been cancelled.

But Peterborough owner Darragh MacAnthony is adamant that will be not be seen in League One after a meeting of clubs took place yesterday.

Replying to a tweet suggesting League One and League Two is to be voided, MacAnthony said: ‘B******* old pal. I just got a call from our CEO who was in on EFL L1 meeting today.

‘Ignore all white noise/agenda's/Newspaper articles imo. Football will be back & seasons will get finished or owners who refuse to fulfill fixtures will be getting their asses sued imo.’

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Uefa is still planning for a June restart to it’s leagues, which is in line with what EFL chairman Rick Parry wrote to his clubs earlier this month, when he also stated training cannot restart before May 16.

Uefa’s statement after the meeting read: ‘There was a strong recommendation given to finish domestic top division and cup competitions, but some special cases will be heard once guidelines concerning participation to European competitions - in case of a cancelled league - have been developed.’