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Leeds chief executive Kinnear insists Premier League, Championship conclusion 'vital'

Leeds United chief executive Angus Kinnear insists it is "vital" for the Premier League and EFL leagues to be concluded.

All competitions have been suspended since the start of April due to the recent coronavirus outbreak, but the date has been viewed as unrealistic.

Leeds are top of the Championship and Kinnear hopes his club can win promotion to the Premier League.

"From our perspective, we think it is vital that it is completed," Kinnear told Sky Sports News. "I think there is a growing sense across the football family that that is the right thing to do.

"It is difficult to speculate on timelines and now is the time for patience and cool heads. I think for the integrity of the football pyramid and the financial security of the clubs, finishing the league is the right thing to do.

"You have already seen La Liga and Serie A come out and say they want the leagues completed and they want Euro 2020 suspended so that they can do that. I think that is probably the right decision."

On the club's preference, Kinnear added: "If it is the choice between not finishing the league and playing behind closed doors, we would like to play behind closed doors but ultimately we really think we owe it to our fans, and fans across the country, to complete the league.

"That would be the ideal but it needs to be in a situation where it is safe to do so. From a fan perspective I think it would be the right decision to try and play the games with supporters there.

"Obviously from a financial perspective, it is going to make a huge difference to the clubs, particularly lower down the pyramid to receive that income which is their lifeblood."


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