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Leeds chief says it is time to ‘deliver a solution’

LEEDS chief executive Angus Kinnear has claimed it would be a ‘national embarrassment’ if England’s top two divisions could not complete their seasons.

Kinnear said the Championship leaders were eager to complete the campaign on the pitch, even if curtailment would see them secure promotion on a points-per-game basis.

Pointing to the Bundesliga’s return last weekend, Kinnear said it was vital that both the Premier League and Championship saw out the campaign on the pitch.

‘England had some of the finest sports scientists and football administrators in the game and the time has come for us as a sport to stop repeatedly framing the challenges and start delivering on the solution,’ Kinnear said.

‘It would be a national embarrassment if the Bundesliga, La Liga or Serie A were to be able to complete safely and the first and fifth biggest leagues in the world were not able to follow suit if the context remained comparable.’

Premier League players have begun returning to training this week after being tested for coronavirus, with a total of six players and staff testing positive from the 748 results revealed so far, numbers which Kinnear (pictured) said ‘gave a firm indication of how manageable this challenge is becoming’.

The EFL, which is around a week behind the Premier League, has laid out its own training protocols while also confirming that if play is not possible, divisions will be determined on a points-per-game average with promotion and relegation applied.

The EFL board’s position on relegation being ‘integral’ even in the event of a season being curtailed means that Stevenage would be relegated to the National League if League Two were curtailed and points-per-game applied. Fourth-tier clubs had indicated last week they were in favour of curtailing the season but with no relegation.