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EFL Prepares For Closed Doors Return as Chairman Issues Statement

In an open letter to supporters, EFL chairman Rick Parry has confirmed that every Championship, League One and League Two game will be broadcast live on TV or online when the season resumes as matches will need to be played behind closed doors due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Along with all professional sport in the UK, the EFL season has been suspended indefinitely, with clubs not expecting to return to training earlier than Saturday, 16th May, with the lock-down recently extended until Thursday, 7th May at the earliest.

In the open letter, which was released via the organisation's official website, Parry admitted that he could not commit to a point in time when fans will be able to watch their clubs in person, but insisted officials are determined to return to normality when it is deemed "safe to do so.".

"To give you an honest assessment of the current situation; the point at which you will be able to attend games again remains unclear. Please be assured, however, that we are going to welcome you back to stadiums as soon as it is safe to do so."

Parry went on to insist that plans were being worked on to make all EFL matches available to view from home once it was safe for action to resume, with the existing iFollow service likely to be used alongside broadcast partner Sky Sports.

"Plans are continuing to be worked up for all games to be broadcast either via our broadcast partners, iFollow or equivalent club streaming services. We will update you on this once we know when matches will recommence."

The chairman went on to stress just how important match-going supporters are to the financial health of EFL clubs, with club chairmen already having to make cost-cutting measures due to the loss of matchday income and other commercial losses.

You can read Parry's full statement, HERE.

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