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Posh would drop out of play-off positions under EFL proposal

The new framework proposed by the English Football League (EFL) for if the football season needs to be finished prematurely would see Peterborough United fall out of the play-off positions.
Peterborough United has publicly stated its preference to play the remaining matches once it's safe for the season to resume. Photo: John Baker

Yesterday, May 20, the EFL Board met to attempt to find a solution to the stalemate that has seen six clubs in the league - Peterborough United included - make clear they want to finish the season behind closed doors when it is safe to do so. Other teams have called for the campaign to be ended now, either through a points-per-game (PPG) scenario or voiding the season altogether.

The governing body has since released a statement insisting that the preferred option is still to play the remaining games of the 2019/20 campaign. 

If this is not possible, however, the framework for deciding the final table will be as follows:

  • Final league placings should be determined on unweighted points-per-game (if required)
  • Promotion and relegation should be retained
  • Play-offs should be played in all circumstances but should not be extended (beyond four teams)

If a scenario arises whereby the play-offs cannot be played, the EFL Board will determine the appropriate course of action.

Under this framework, Peterborough United would fall out of the play-off positions.

The EFL have also confirmed that for the season to be curtailed early, 51pc of clubs must vote in favour of that outcome. That means 12 of the 23 League One sides.

Peterborough United chairman, Darragh MacAnthony, has made clear his wish to complete the season when it is safe to do so.

On May 14, he tweeted a joint statement from Peterborough United, Oxford United, Fleetwood Town, Portsmouth, Sunderland, and Ipswich Town, saying: "We as a collective are united in our goal to finish this season. We have no desire for voiding the season, PPG scenarios/letting a computer decide our footballing fate. For our fans/staff and for the integrity of our sport we are all looking forward to completing our pending fixtures/season under guidance from the EFL at a time it is safe to do so."