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Chairman: Our duty is to play football but we're in extraordinary times

Pete Winkelman says MK Dons will vote with the majority when it comes to deciding how to finish the 2019/20 season...

1 June 2020

Chairman Pete Winkelman has re-iterated MK Dons’ stance that they will side with the majority when it comes to deciding how to end the 2019/20 season.

The EFL have called a meeting of its clubs on June 8th to consider and the proposals to introduce a regulation change.

This regulation change, if approved, will allow each division to decide their own fate for the current campaign which is likely to be one of two options – resume the season on the pitch or curtail the campaign and decide the league table on a PPG basis.

Speaking on talkSPORT’s The Weekend Sports Breakfast show, Winkelman discussed the decisions that await the Dons and fellow League One clubs and re-enforced the Dons’ view on the matter.

“I understand all the arguments which is why I want to do what the majority of the clubs want to do,” the MK Dons chairman told Georgie Bingham and Tony Cascarino on Saturday morning.

“We are professional football clubs and our duty is to play football if we can, but we're in extraordinary times – the costs and the fact we can’t play in front of supporters does change that dramatically.

“There isn’t a one-size-fits-all, I think that’s become quite clear. Every club has to vote for their vested interest. The supporters of those clubs would be disappointed if they didn’t do that.

“I know it will be so important for some clubs for us to continue playing. Equally, it will come at great cost. Whether we play or not, it won’t be in front of crowds and therefore Season Ticket holders, who will have missed four of their games, will have to be compensated.”

He added: “We haven’t got anything, particularly, that’s motivating us in either direction.

“For us, it would certainly be cheaper not to play but, at the same time, if the majority of clubs wanted to do that, we would definitely play on.

“Wherever we believe that majority will come, is the way that we will vote.”

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