Ebbsfleet United say they believe that cancelling the current National League season would be the ‘fairest and most logical, common sense solution.’
With the 2019/20 campaign currently suspended indefinitely in the National League (and its North and South divisions), Fleet are a point from safety. The final fate of the season has been the biggest footballing talking point during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
As part of a club statement, Ebbsfleet say: “A cancellation of 2019/20 season, and reboot with the same teams in the league for 2020/21, is in our view the fairest and most logical, common sense solution. If the EFL require a club to make up the numbers next season then we don’t believe there would be any National League club who would begrudge a club being promoted up to the EFL.
“We certainly wouldn’t and would support that. Obviously one or two clubs will be disappointed if they were league leaders at the time of the shutdown or sitting clear in automatic promotion positions; however, that is one or two clubs.
“With so much football left (eight or nine matches and a tough play-off series of games) it is very difficult to take seriously complaints of clubs that sit in or within reach of the play-off places should they claim they are being denied promotion if cancellation occurs. On the flip side, obviously some clubs might be considered very lucky to avoid relegation in such a scenario.
“However, at a time when kindness and a compassionate lean should exist as much as possible, surely denying a positive (promotion) is the less damaging option compared to confirming a negative (relegation)?”
The in-depth statement can be read in full here