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King's Lynn Town Football Club face a further wait to find out if they will be promoted following the latest announcement by the English Football League (EFL).

EFL officials have now called a meeting on Monday, June 8, to consider and possibly approve the framework for curtailing the season.

The National League's decision remains predicated on the situation in the EFL and, in particular, league Two, who expressed a desire to end the season with promotion but not relegation.

The Walks, home of King's Lynn Town FC.. (34402441)
The Walks, home of King's Lynn Town FC.. (34402441)

Earlier this month though, the EFL recommended that promotion and relegation take place throughout its three divisions, with its 71 clubs still to be asked to vote on this is achieved.

Today's EFL statement read: "At its meeting on Wednesday 27 May 2020, having carefully considered submissions from Clubs, the EFL board agreed to progress with the proposed framework it outlined on Thursday 21 May 2020 in respect of changes to EFL regulations in the event season 2019/20 is curtailed in any EFL Division.

"At the same time as advising on its proposed approach last week, the board had asked clubs to give it appropriate consideration and provide any feedback.

"Communications were submitted from Clubs across all divisions and those proposals, some of which have been made available publicly, suggested how the framework in the event the season is ended prematurely could alternatively work.

"The board has to date been consistent in its approach that playing out the remainder of season 2019/20 when it is safe to do so, is the preferred position and whilst the Championship have advised of their intentions to resume fixtures, League Two clubs have indicated their preference to curtail the season.

The Walks, home of King's Lynn Town FC.. (34402452)
The Walks, home of King's Lynn Town FC.. (34402452)

At present clubs in League One are still undecided.

"A decision on whether or not to curtail the season is a matter to be considered by clubs in any affected division, but only once a framework for resolving open issues in such circumstances has been agreed by all members across all divisions through a regulation change.

"After a full and comprehensive review of the club submissions, alongside consideration of views stated at the club meetings of 13 and 15 May 2020, the board unanimously agreed to continue With the original approach and is now proposing to call a meeting of clubs on Monday 8 June 2020 to consider and, if thought fit, approve the proposals to introduce the regulation change.

"The EFL articles allow member clubs the opportunity to propose amendments to regulations and should any club wish to propose an alternative, it must do so by submitting such a proposal by no later than 2pm on Tuesday 2 June 2020.

"The EFL will issue any notice of meeting later that day. Any such club proposals will be considered at the same meeting as the Board's proposal."

The Walks, home of King's Lynn Town FC.. (34402448)
The Walks, home of King's Lynn Town FC.. (34402448)

On Tuesday, the Football Association granted an extension to allow the National League to hold play-off matches in its three divisions beyond the original deadline that was set for the end of May.

But their decision does not guarantee that play-off matches will happen.

Clubs have not yet been offered a vote by the National League on how they would like to resolve the season, whether by a points-per-game system, play-off matches or declaring the season null and void.

Last month, the National League to end its regular season of matches after deciding that it would not be able to complete the programme of games still left to play due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Walks, home of King's Lynn Town FC.. (34402454)
The Walks, home of King's Lynn Town FC.. (34402454)


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