Burnley, Brighton and Middlesbrough are all competing for the Championship title
Neither Burnley nor Brighton will lift the Sky Bet Championship trophy this weekend if they win the division, the Football League has confirmed.
Both the league-leading Clarets and third-placed Seagulls could end up winning the silverware this weekend, as could Middlesbrough, who face Brighton at the Riverside, but Aitor Karanka’s side will be the only club presented with the trophy on the pitch should they finish first.
Sean Dyche’s team sealed promotion back to the top flight earlier this week and are in pole position to be crowned champions with a two-point cushion ahead of their final-day trip to Charlton.
However, amid fears the Addicks’ disgruntled supporters could stage protests against their owners at The Valley, the Football League has announced that Burnley will not be presented with the trophy on Saturday if they win the league, while Brighton will also be denied the honour.
“Following discussions with the three clubs involved, the Football League can confirm presentation arrangements for the Sky Bet Championship Trophy following Saturday’s final round of matches,” a spokesman said.
“Should Middlesbrough win the title, the trophy will be presented at the Riverside Stadium following Saturday’s match. Whereas if Burnley or Brighton & Hove Albion are champions, the trophy will be presented at a later date to enable a greater number of the winning club’s fans to join in with the celebrations.”
It is understood that Burnley did not push for that outcome and that the decision was made by the Football League.
Should they win the league, the Clarets will instead be presented with the trophy during a civic reception and parade in east Lancashire on Monday.