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CLUB STATEMENT: 2019/20 SEASON

9 June 2020

The club has moved to further update supporters following a series of meetings held between the EFL and its member clubs, which today led to the formal curtailment of the 2019/20 Sky Bet League Two season. 

This morning, an extraordinary general meeting took place where all EFL clubs were provided with an opportunity to vote on proposals presented by Barnsley, Tranmere Rovers, Lincoln City, Stevenage, Ipswich and the EFL board.

The vast majority of clubs backed the EFL’s proposal, while widely rejecting those presented by teams from all three divisions.

This afternoon, Sky Bet League Two clubs reconvened to officially ratify the conclusion of the regular season, a decision which has since also been made by members of Sky Bet League One. 

The play-offs will soon commence and promotion and relegation will also take place, as per the standard regulations.

City’s director of communications, Ryan Sparks, said: “Today has clearly been historic and the build up to it has been long and winding. 

“But, at the very least, we have been able to finally make some much-needed progress and edge further towards the definitive end of this season. 

“Other than the proposal provided by Lincoln City, which was entirely fair, selfless and understandable, we believe the remaining suggestions were not designed to benefit the game as a whole.

“The EFL have been more than fair in allowing clubs to have a say and, this afternoon, we reached a sensible outcome - which protects member clubs as far as possible while maintaining a level of integrity. 

“The play-offs can now take place and a formal conclusion will be reached before the end of June, which is important for clubs going forward.

“In terms of the future, which remains somewhat unclear, it is now crucial we look towards a start date for the 2020/21 campaign. 

“This will allow clubs to best prepare themselves for what lies ahead. We understand the Premier League would like to begin next season around September but this will be dependent on a host of outside factors, including the UEFA Champions League. 

“Hopefully, by July, we will have received a framework which we can work towards. From there, with a bit of luck, the transfer market will kick into gear and we can begin work in that area as well.”

'City For All' 2020/21 season-ticket sales remain suspended until further notice as the Bantams await more information regarding potential capacity restrictions and social-distancing guidance. 

Sparks added: “As things stand, today, we are likely to be starting next season behind closed doors or with a heavily-reduced capacity.

“Once we have clarity on this - and that information will come from the government - we will be able to address issues surrounding future ticketing and potential refunds from the 2019/20 season.

“As soon as we are in a position to advise further, we will inform you of the next steps.

“At this stage, we would like to thank supporters and sponsors alike for their commitment and loyalty in what are difficult circumstances for everyone concerned.

“Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those affected by the outbreak of COVID-19 and those who have sadly lost loved ones.”


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