QPR ‘absolutely appalled’ by EFL decision to resume Championship on 20 June

Queens Park Rangers chief executive Les Hoos has been left “absolutely appalled” by the EFL’s move to resume the Championship on 20 June.

The EFL announced the provisional restart date on Sunday evening after the government cleared competitive sport to return from 1 June.

However, Hoos says he was stunned by the announcement and “vehemently opposes” the decision, with the club’s players yet to return to full-contact training.

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“I am absolutely stunned by this announcement, as is our Director of Football Les Ferdinand and our manager Mark Warburton,” Hoos said.

“Incredibly, there has been absolutely no consultation with individual clubs nor with the Championship doctors’ working group by the divisional representatives – or anyone else in the Football League – regarding this matter.

“On top of that, we were only made aware of the statement 40 minutes before it was made public.

“Having spoken with Les and Mark, they share my views. We are vehemently opposed to this schedule.

“The players haven’t even returned to full-contact training at this moment and yet they are now expected to be in a position to play at a competitive level in just three weeks’ time.

“I have made our feelings known to the EFL and, having spoken with a number of CEOs at other Championship clubs, I am not a lone voice on this matter.

“We are absolutely appalled.”

QPR are currently six points adrift of the play-off places and 11 points clear of the relegation zone with nine games of the season remaining.

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