Hull City have reiterated their opposition to the Championship’s plans to resume the 2019/20 season by issuing a scathing attack on the EFL less than 48 hours before clubs are due to return to training.
The Tigers became the first Championship club to publicly oppose the restart last week when vice-chairman Ehab Allam sent a letter to the EFL on Tuesday and a second letter has now been penned, The Telegraph reports.
Allam writes: “Without any guarantee that all remaining fixtures will be played if the season recommences, Championship clubs are, in effect, being asked to agree to a game of pass the parcel in which they can achieve/miss out on promotion or avoid/suffer relegation, if the music were to stop at an indeterminable/arbitrary point in time.
“I continue to strongly believe that Championship clubs are being exposed to entirely unnecessary legal and financial risks (and forced to overlook the health and safety concerns that exist) as a result of the inappropriate haste with which clubs are being encouraged to return to training by the EFL.
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“I also retain serious concerns about the integrity of the competition (which in my opinion is more than simply upholding promotion and relegation at all costs) should some, but not all, of the remaining games of the 2019/20 season be played.
“I am extremely concerned that one of the testing options available is for individual players to administer the tests themselves before then providing it to their club.
“This has the potential to fundamentally undermine a testing regime which you have stated is needed to underpin a safe return and, in the event that matches are ever played, expose the players and staff of other Championship clubs (who have adopted a more rigorous approach to testing via club medical personnel or third party agencies) to unnecessary and inappropriate risks.
“It would clearly be inappropriate for players to carry out their own doping-control tests and yet the EFL has approved a process which allows players to test themselves for a virus that has serious/life-threatening consequences.”
Hull, fourth-bottom in the Championship and without a win in the league since New Year’s Day, have been accused of acting in self interest and the report adds that a number of Championship clubs are furious, as they are keen for the campaign to be completed.