I assume they could not fit the extra 6 games into the season and did
not want to extend it.
Or maybe they wanted to justify retaining the playoff system.
If you have such a fixture structure a playoff system is IMO required
to try to sort out the anomalies introduced by some teams only playing
each other once. The supporters are supposed to see it that way,
accept it, and not moan about an easier path for one club over
another. (Pigs will fly first).
I, like you, would prefer the extra games that home and away matches
However, if you go for that, you don't need a playoff to decide who
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