Championship relegation strugglers Barnsley have called for the EFL to issue one-season parachute payments to the three sides relegated at the end of the 2019/20 season.
The EFL campaign has been put on hold by the coronavirus crisis and, although the return of the season is scheduled for June 20, significant financial problems are being felt across the division due to the pandemic.
Clubs across English football are set to lose a significant windfall due to matches being held behind closed doors, stripping them of the revenue they would earn from supporters at each match.
As a result, and due to the size of the hit relegated clubs would feel in League One next season, Barnsley have proposed that the three relegated sides should receive a £7.4m parachute payment – the equivalent of the TV revenue issued to every club in the second-tier.
“If the 19/20 season is completed, it will be completed with a lack of sporting integrity. Some clubs will have unbalanced squads compared to competitors due to ending player contracts,” the letter seen by Sky Sports states.
“Some clubs will lose home-field advantage for matches behind closed doors in respect to the reverse fixture earlier this season. This is especially true with big rivalries and the loss of the respective revenue.
“Those clubs unfairly and unlawfully relegated to a lower division would face further uncertainty and potential failure of their enterprise.
“The only way to secure against innumerable damages in the case of relegation would be a one-time parachute payment to the affected clubs representing the loss of one season of television revenue.”
Barnsley are currently rock-bottom of the Championship, with Luton Town and Charlton Athletic occupying the other two relegation spots, but the fight to avoid demotion is fierce as Hull City, Wigan, Middlesbrough, Huddersfield Town and Stoke City are among the clubs who could be sucked into the bottom three upon the league’s return.