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Major coronavirus plans that would affect Derby County

derbytelegraph: Derby County’s return to Sky Bet Championship action could see them play matches behind closed doors, according to reports.

The EFL released a fresh statement on Wednesday amid the coronavirus pandemic, in which it said they are determined to eventually conclude the current season “at the appropriate time”.

Football has been postponed until April 3, at the earliest, due to the outbreak, although it remains to be seen whether action will resume on that date, or if it will be pushed back again.

Meetings are ongoing to decide the best course of action to try and finish the 2019/20 Sky Bet Championship season.

Football Insider reports the Premier League and EFL will both hold emergency meetings today, with completing the season the big priority.

Talks are said to have taken place until late last night, with officials “open” to the prospect of staging matches behind closed doors in order to complete the campaign.

While having no supporters in the grounds would come as a blow to clubs and fans alike, it would at least give those challenging for Premier League promotion the chance to see that through.

Derby still have an outside shot at reaching the play-offs this season, with back-to-back league wins lifting them just five points off the top six.

Phillip Cocu’s men have nine games remaining, and with clubs above them faltering, the door has been left slightly ajar.

Reports of behind closed doors would come as a relief to Leeds United and West Bromwich Albion fans, who are both looking good for automatic promotion.

Leeds top the table, with a seven-point cushion inside the automatic places, while Albion have a six-point gap to Fulham.

Marcelo Bielsa’s men are due to head to Pride Park Stadium to take on Derby in their penultimate league fixture – one which could prove crucial in their Premier League battle, but now may be played in an empty stadium.

The report adds there is a strong determination from chiefs to do everything possible to push for the season to be completed.

Source: Published by derbytelegraph

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