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Championship season to resume on 20th June

Getty ImagesEnglish soccer's second-tier Championship is set for a 20th June resumption after organising body the English Football League (EFL) agreed on a provisional return date. The Premier League, England's top flight, announced on 28th May that play is due to return on 17th June following the coronavirus suspension that began in mid-March. The EFL followed suit on 31st May, announcing that the Championship is set to restart around the same time. In a statement, the EFL said: 'Following [30th May's] announcement by the government to allow elite sporting events to return behind closed doors, the EFL has this weekend agreed to a provisional restart date of the weekend of 20th June 2020 for matches in the Sky Bet Championship. 'The date is subject to the strict proviso that all safety requirements and government guidance is met; and that clubs receive clearance from their local authorities in order to stage matches at their home grounds. 'After discussing various approaches, and, the importance of completing the season in a similar timeline to that of the Premier League to avoid any potential issues with promoted and relegated clubs, the Sky Bet Championship season is set to conclude with the Championship playoff final on or around 30th July 2020.

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