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Journalist reveals financial stumbling block facing Sunderland, Portsmouth and others

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The full cost for the testing necessary for the 2019/20 campaign to resume could reportedly prove a stumbling block for League One, with Sunderland and Portsmouth among the clubs pushing for the season to be concluded on the pitch. 

League Two clubs voted to curtail the season today but teams in League One have been unable to reach a decision and will continue discussions on Monday.

Yesterday, six clubs, Portsmouth, Sunderland, Fleetwood Town, Ipswich Town, and Peterborough United, released a joint statement to emphasise their determination to see the 2019/20 campaign completed on the pitch.

It appears that still may happen, however, as reputable journalist Alan Nixon has suggested that the cost of testing could prove a stumbling block.

Nixon has reported that the EFL’s testing will need to match Premier League standards and that it could cost £5 million for the Championship for the rest of the season.

It is understood that the government have told the EFL they won’t pay for it, which he indicated could be a problem for League One.

Both the Premier League and Championship are thought to be optimistic of returning to the pitch in the first few weeks of June, so it will be interesting to see whether a similar target emerges for League One.

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The Verdict

This looks like something of a concern for the likes of Sunderland and Portsmouth, who have made their stance on finishing the season clear.

It appears there is a divide in League One and you’d imagine the financial cost of completing the season will have something to do with that.

It is going to be very interesting to see how things progress when discussions restart next week.


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