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Steve Lansdown reveals Bristol City’s end-of-season stance following EFL announcement



Bristol City owner Steve Lansdown has revealed that the club want to finish the 2019/20 Championship campaign for the integrity of the league and to conclude the current TV deal.

It has been more than two months since the delay to football began and the EFL announced earlier this week that the season could be curtailed if 51% of Championship clubs were to vote in favour of it.

The EFL has confirmed that in that scenario, final standings would be decided using an unweighted points-per-game system, with relegation and promotion retained, and the play-offs going ahead but not extended beyond four teams.

It is not yet known when Championship clubs will have to take such a vote, if at all, but Lansdown has outlined that the Bs3 outfit would vote for the 2019/20 campaign to be completed on the pitch.

Speaking to the BBC, he said: “As long as it’s safe, that goes without saying, we want to finish the season. Just generally for the integrity of the game and the league. We have a TV deal to conclude, which we want to do, that is another very good reason for finishing the season and hopefully, we’ll be able to do that.”

Asked if his stance would be the same if the Robins were 19th, he said: “It’s a difficult one but yes I would. The feedback I have had is that, with the odd exception, every club is wanting to complete the season, including those who would benefit if they didn’t.”

Finishing the season on the pitch would also allow Lee Johnson’s men to continue their promotion push.

City are seventh in the Championship as things stand, one point outside the top six, and deciding the season using PPG would mean the end of their promotion hopes.

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The Verdict

City’s stance is likely no surprise but Lansdown has confirmed that the Robins will vote to conclude the campaign on the pitch, should the time come.

The Robins are in search of their first play-off appearance since 2007 and know that cannot come if the season is curtailed.

Johnson may in fact feel that, given the injury issues a few of his players were facing, his side will be better set to push for promotion following the delay.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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