Hull City vice chairman Ehab Allam has written to EFL chairman Rick Parry outlining his belief that the Championship season “should be voided” due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Allam had made his stance clear in a letter seen by the Daily Telegraph, with concerns centred on the health risks attached to football’s proposed return next month.
The EFL has already accepted defeat in its attempts to conclude the League Two season but it has always been hoped that the Championship could yet play out its remaining 108 games.
A testing programme across the division is scheduled to begin on Thursday ahead of a possible return to training on Monday. A provisional date of June 20 has been pencilled in for Championship action to get back underway.
Both Preston North End and Blackburn Rovers are hoping to conclude the season as and when it is safe to do so with both clubs harbouring play-off ambitions.
It has been previously reported that five second-tier clubs are rebelling against a season restart, with three said to be from Yorkshire, including Hull.
Allam has claimed the club will face costs of around £1.2million in failing to complete the season and addresses his fears over sporting integrity, revealing that he will vote against potential changes to contract extensions beyond June 30.
And the Hull City chief has put his concerns in writing.
“I do not presently believe that the 2019/20 season can be safely completed without unnecessarily exposing Championship clubs to potential legal action in the event that one or more of its employees (or their family members) were to become infected with COVID-19,” Allam wrote.
“As made clear on last week’s conference call, I am against the 2019/20 season being completed under the present circumstances and in light of the wider public health issues facing the United Kingdom at the present time.
“My position remains that the season should be voided and (with no further games played and efforts instead being focused upon ensuring a safe return in the advance of next season, whenever that ultimately takes place), with this means of drawing a conclusion to the 2019/20 season (including how the important questions of promotion and relegation would then be addressed) being put to a formal vote pursuant to the EFL’s Articles of Association.”
Allam’s stance will be met with inevitable scepticism given City’s position in the Championship table.
The Tigers are 21st, two points above the relegation zone, following a run of 11 games without a victory and still have to play Charlton Athletic, their nearest rivals in the bottom three.
Head coach Grant McCann has previously suggested his preference would be to play the final nine games of the season if safe to do so but Allam says the EFL are putting its clubs under “undue and inappropriate pressure” to resume action next month.