EFL set to resume on June 20 if govt regulations are met

EFL set to resume on June 20 if govt regulations are met

- EFL will return to action on June 20, with nine matches left to play in the remaining part of the season

- It has also been learnt that substitutions will increase to five when the Championships restart

- Leeds United and West Brom occupy the automatic promotion places in the Sky Bet Championships

The EFL will return to action on June 20, subject to all safety requirements and government guidelines being met.

And playoffs finals for the qualification into the Premier League will hold on July 30, to validate teams gaining promotion and getting dropped into the lower division.

Teams will be using a maximum of five substitutes in their remaining matches and matchday squad has been increased to 20 from 18.

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The EFL said: "Following Saturday's announcement by the government to allow elite sporting events to return behind closed doors, the EFL has this weekend agreed to a provisional restart date of the weekend of 20 June, 2020, for games in the Championship.

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"The date is subject to the strict proviso that all safety requirements and government guidance is met; and that clubs receive clearance from their local authorities in order to stage matches at their home grounds."

Chairman Rick Parry added: "With Championship Clubs set to return to full-contact training later this week, we are edging closer towards resuming the 2019/20 EFL season.

"We have therefore today consulted with the Board's Championship Directors and agreed to fixtures restarting behind closed doors.

"We are working with our broadcast partners, EFL Championship clubs and all relevant stakeholders to broadcast the remaining 108 games plus Sky Bet Championship Play-Offs either live.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Nigerian football star Victor Osimhen has been linked with a move to two top Premier League outfits this summer.

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The 21-year-old was lethal in his first season in the French League, scoring 18 goals and six assists in 38 appearances across competitions for Lille.

He was brought in by Les Dogues from Sporting Charleroi as a replacement for Ivorian star Nicolas Pepe who joined the Gunners in the club's record fee valued around £72 million.

Legit.ng had also reported that Premier League giants Manchester United have failed to reach an agreement for Odion Ighalo’s loan extension with Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua.

The 30-year-old arrived the Old Trafford club on deadline day during the transfer window on a six-month loan and billed to expire on May 31, 2020.

According to UK outlet SunSport, United have failed to reach an agreement with the Chinese Super League club, and now the Nigerian is poised to return to the Asian country.

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