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Cambridge United season over as clubs vote to finish League Two campaign

Paul Mullin scored Cambridge United's last goal of the 2019/20 campaign, in a 2-1 defeat to Leyton Orient.
Paul Mullin scored Cambridge United's last goal of the 2019/20 campaign, in a 2-1 defeat to Leyton Orient.

Cambridge United's season in Sky Bet League Two looks to have come to an end.

Representatives of League One and League Two met remotely today (Friday, May 15) to discuss how to conclude the 2019/20 campaign, and clubs in the fourth tier of English football voted unanimously for an early conclusion, with the move needing to be ratified by the EFL and the FA.

It had been widely stated that the aim of the EFL Board was to bring the season to a close on the pitch.

There has been a full debate about the issues created by Covid-19 in respect of health and wellbeing, ongoing testing requirements, player registration issues and the financial burdens clubs already face.

A statement from the EFL read: “Having considered the protocols and costs that would be required to be met to conclude the current season, League Two clubs have unanimously indicated a preferred direction of travel to curtail the campaign in line with the framework outlined by the EFL Board.

“In addition, clubs asked for consideration to be given to suspending relegation to the National League for 2019/20 as a result of circumstances created where fixtures cannot be completed. No commitments were made in this respect and the Board will now consider the implications of the division’s preferred approach at their next meeting.”

The framework set out by the EFL outlined maintaining the principle of promotion and relegation, league tables to be determined via unweighted points per game, and play-offs to remain in every division to determine the final promotion place.

There were varied views shared in League One on how to resolve their season, and that further reflection and consultation would be needed.

Championship clubs met earlier in the week and indicated a wish to play the season to a conclusion.

The statement added: “The EFL will continue to work with all its members to progress the discussions and arrive at the necessary decisions as appropriate in what remain challenging and complex circumstances.”

United had nine matches remaining when League Two was stopped in March, with five at home.

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