EFL players told it’s likely season will not be completed below Premier League

Players in the Championship and Leagues One and Two have been told it's likely that the season will not be completed below the Premier League.

Top-flight chiefs are set to meet on Friday to discuss 'Project Restart' with clubs and the government hopeful of a return to action in June, behind closed doors.

But after an EFL board meeting on Wednesday, PFA representatives along with club captains have been told to pass on to their teammates that there is a very real possibility of no more football taking place this season.

Supporters could be banned from EFL stadiums until as late as next January and – despite plans to resume training in May – clubs don't believe there is a realistic chance of games happening anytime in June.

One of the biggest stumbling blocks for any potential restart outside of the top flight is the number of tests needed for players in order for the season to finish safely – understood to be around 66,000.

As with the Premier League, there are fears about a public backlash should thousands of tests become readily available for professional footballers while a number of frontline NHS workers are still working without them.

If the season is curtailed, standings would likely be decided on a 'sporting merit' basis – probably points-per-game.

It remains to be seen whether clubs would be promoted and relegated – although there are suggestions teams could go up but not down – potentially extending the number of clubs in the Premier League for next season.

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