Hull City have sent another letter to the EFL and all other Championship clubs that outlines why they don’t believe the season should resume.
It is hoped that players will begin training on Monday as the campaign looks to restart next month but there has been opposition to that in the past few weeks. And, the Tigers have made their feelings clear, with the club confirming in the last week that they feel no games should be played given the current situation.
They have now doubled down on that now, with the Telegraph revealing that Hull’s vice-chairman Ehab Allam has sent out another letter to the other 23 clubs in the division and the authorities, detailing exactly why he is against the idea of playing again.
“Without any guarantee that all remaining fixtures will be played if the season recommences, Championship clubs are, in effect, being asked to agree to a game of pass the parcel in which they can achieve/miss out on promotion or avoid/suffer relegation, if the music were to stop at an indeterminable/arbitrary point in time.
“I continue to strongly believe that Championship clubs are being exposed to entirely unnecessary legal and financial risks (and forced to overlook the health and safety concerns that exist) as a result of the inappropriate haste with which clubs are being encouraged to return to training by the EFL.
“I also retain serious concerns about the integrity of the competition (which in my opinion is more than simply upholding promotion and relegation at all costs) should some, but not all, of the remaining games of the 2019/20 season be played.”
The update also claims that this second letter has angered clubs in the Championship who are unhappy with Hull’s stance.
Unsurprisingly, the Tigers have been accused of acting in complete self-interest as they sit just one place above the relegation zone and they had been on a terrible run of form before this enforced break.
Grant McCann’s side, who lost top scorer Jarrod Bowen and the influential Kamil Grosicki, haven’t won a league game since New Years’ Day and have picked up two points from their last 11 games.
Whilst the email raises some fair points, there’s no denying that Hull’s stance is because of their position in the league and that’s why they are angering the rest of the league.
With regular testing and safe environments, as we’ve seen in Germany, games can be played and that has to be the number one goal for all in the Championship.
The point about what happens if the season stops again is a valid one and a resolution will have to be agreed but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t try to restart in the coming weeks. It appears as though Hull will have to play again and it’s down to the players and staff to get the club out of the mess they are in.
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