League Two clubs voted to officially finish the season by an overwhelming majority, the EFL has announced.
Forest Green chairman Dale Vince, who has been a strong promoting to finish the 2019-20 season, said on Twitter that his club was the only ones that voted to continue playing.
“We have just voted on whether to play out our season or quit,” he wrote. “Just one vote to carry on (FGR)- we were impressed by that. Thus, season L2 is finished. Shame, but whenever that comes and in whatever shape it takes, we’ll focus on the new one.”
This premature end means promotion for Swindon, Crewe and Plymouth. Also, the play-offs will be contested by Cheltenham, Exeter, Colchester and Northampton with the first games on 18 June.
The lowest team has yet to be determined with Stevenage on the table with second-last Macclesfield facing a possible point deduction, although relegation can only be enforced if National League will provide guarantees that the rivalry can proceed.
Vince told the PA news agency: “Football has been a good day, I think. This morning’s vote was a successful result of common sense and values the game’s dignity as much as possible if you don’t finish the season.”
“And instead, it was not surprising to vote this afternoon. Prematurely the vote to end League Two we knew that was coming.”
“We voted on playing but sadly we were a lone voice. So, we have some certainty now at least, we know what’s going on, and we can focus on the new season which I hope may begin in September.”