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The Payne game: Finishing current season has to be right call

THE English Football League yesterday decided that, come what may, the current season will be completed.

The difficulty is it almost certainly won’t end in May and most likely not in June either, which will create other problems as players contracts expire and the campaign eats into the traditional off-season, not to mention the possibility of games being played in extreme heat.

‘Frankly getting this season completed is more important at this point in time than worrying about next season,’ said EFL chairman Rick Parry (pictured), words that will be welcomed at his beloved Liverpool -who will hope the Premier League now follows suit.

It is the right call. Barnsley are bottom of the Championship but chief executive Dane Murphy said self-interest should be put aside.

‘From a sporting perspective, we believe this season should be completed,’ he said.

The battle now is to ensure all 71 EFL clubs are still in existence when the season’s end eventually comes, with a £50million package and interest-relief loans being made available. But at least there is now a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel.