UEFA update outlines fresh plans in Leeds United's push for Premier League football

Leeds United are waiting their next move in the race for promotion to the Premier League

By Joe Urquhart
Sunday, 29th March 2020, 8:00 am
Updated Sunday, 29th March 2020, 10:57 am
Leeds United fans at Elland Road. (Image: Getty)
Leeds United fans at Elland Road. (Image: Getty)

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has said that the current campaign could be lost if football isn't in a position to restart at the end of June but admits there are a number of plans in place.

Football in England and across Europe has ground to a halt amid the global coronavirus outbreak.

Leeds United have seen their push for promotion to the Premier League stopped with nine games of the Championship to go as they look to end a 16-year absence from the top flight.

Marcelo Bielsa's side sit top of the second tier with a seven point cushion over third in the automatic promotion places.

The FA have set an initial date of April 30 to return to action but reiterated earlier this week that the game will only continue once it is safe to do so.

UEFA put forward a number of plans for concluding the season, but president Ceferin has cast doubt over whether it will be possible if the current suspension runs late into summer.

He has, though, also revealed that a final option could be to conclude the season at the start of the next one, whenever that may be.

"If we don't succeed in restarting, the season will probably be lost," he told Italian newspaper La Repubblica.

"There is a plan A, B and C.

"The three options are to start again in mid-May, in June or at the end of June.

"There is also the possibility of starting again at the beginning of the next [season], starting the following one later. We will see the best solution for leagues and clubs."

He added: "It's hard for me to imagine all the matches behind closed doors, but we still don't know whether we'll resume, with or without spectators.

"If there was no alternative, it would be better to finish the championships."