EFL Confirm Fixtures Postponed Until 3rd April
Friday, 13th Mar 2020 11:05
The EFL have confirmed that all football activity set to take place this weekend and until 3rd April will be postponed due to the coronavirus.
A statement reads: “In light of overnight developments, the EFL board has met this morning to discuss the ever-changing circumstances posed by the spread of the COVID-19 [coronavirus] outbreak.
“Having considered the increased number of cases affecting club players and staff, the board were unanimous in their approach and it has been determined that all football activity scheduled to take place this weekend and until 3rd April 2020 will be postponed.
“For the avoidance of any doubt this includes all matches in the Championship, League One and League Two, as well as all academy and youth team fixtures and will take us beyond the next international round.
“The arrangement of training programmes for professional players in the interim period remains a matter for each individual club and we advise all academy training is suspended until 3rd April 2020.
“In addition to this the League instructs all clubs to suspend indefinitely all non-essential business which include, but are not limited to, player appearances, commercial activities training ground visits and fan meetings.”
Town's League One game at Bristol Rovers scheduled for Saturday is the first to be postponed and the suspension covers the subsequent home match with Portsmouth, while the Blues aren't in action the following weekend anyway as they were set to face now-expelled Bury.
The Premier League, Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship have also been suspended for the same period.
The move sees the EFL and the other football authorities go beyond the Government's advice.
"Whilst the EFL board has continued to take the advice and guidance offered by the Government and its health advisors, emerging developments mean now is the time to implement football’s contingency plans in response to the crisis," the EFL added.
"A further update on these plans will be given post an EFL board meeting next week.
"This decision has not been taken lightly, but the EFL must prioritise the health and well-being of players, staff and supporters while also acknowledging the Government’s national efforts in tackling this outbreak."
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|Radlett_blue added 11:08 - Mar 13|
"Beyond the next international round".
Are the FA still insisting that the England v Italy friendly is ON?
|cornishnick added 11:09 - Mar 13|
On the plus side, KYV and Lord Norwood could be back by then!
|carlgibbs13 added 11:12 - Mar 13|
Excellent, this means we cant lose another game for 3 weeks!!!
|Bergholtblue added 11:13 - Mar 13|
I assume that tickets for Sats match v Bristol Rovers will be valid for re-match.
|PMK added 11:14 - Mar 13|
Let’s just scrap the whole season and start again in August!! Our only hope!!
|positivity added 11:17 - Mar 13|
i've come up with the only sensible thing to do.
suspend the season, start again on 10th october (if the peak is 14 weeks away, this should be when the outbreak returns to this level).
all results prior to 10th october 2019 stand, all after must be replayed.
good news is we're still top!
|essextractorboy93 added 11:18 - Mar 13|
I think what will happen is the remaining fixtures will be played but at a much later date, maybe May/June and three fixtures a week and then the Euros will be delayed a year. Either this or the current standings will be the final standings. So 1st, 2nd and 3rd position will be promoted.
|JewellintheTown added 11:20 - Mar 13|
"The EFL have confirmed that all football activity set to take place this weekend and until 3rd April will be postponed due to the coronavirus."
For once we're already ahead of the game as I think our club and players have been postponing all our professional football activities since about December. Well, that's what the match results say anyway.
|brittaniaman added 11:21 - Mar 13|
I agree with the postponement of the football leagues for health reasons !!
Lambo will also be pleased as his Job will be safe for this season now ??
|DebsyAngel added 11:25 - Mar 13|
I think it's a good idea - health has to come first and there are many ill/elderly who go to the games. But it's come a bit too late really and should have been put into place sooner. I am not sure that resuming in 3 weeks will be safe - the virus is still going to be out there and even more people affected by it. Yes it is a shame and I will miss it, but it is sadly for the best. There is more to life than missing football.
|coolcat added 11:30 - Mar 13|
Very sensible decision. Glad they took initiative and took immediate action. Was just saying earlier the Govt was slow in making this decision in relation to sporting events. Some things are just more important. Well done EFL. Wasn't able to go this weekend anyway due to having a heavy cold and cough.
|osborne1nil added 11:33 - Mar 13|
Agree with postponement as doing the right thing. As some have pointed out, we may have a few players recovered by then too. On another view, if we are then potentially having to play more than twice a week or have a shortened Summer break, the players seem to struggle playing twice a week so how they will cope with more often would be a concern!
Brittaniaman - Of course ME could use the time to get a replacement in too if this was a direction he was thinking of going with Lambo based on PL record since December. I do however think that he will give him at least until the Summer and see how the results between now and then are, especially if we have a couple of key players available again.
|runningout added 11:35 - Mar 13|
I guess this season will be impossible to complete
|beornioblue added 11:40 - Mar 13|
It is the only sensible decision to make !!
Be interesting to see how they manage to funnel all the games by the end of the season or if it even finishes.
From an ITFC point of view a break could be the best thing, concentrate on the training and player recovery and the parts of the game that are lacking and see if anything can be salvaged because i think most town fans would take a string of good performances at the minute.
From a person point of view everyone stay well and safe as thats the most important thing and lets come back ready to see if the boys have knuckled down to the task and learnt from their mistakes.
|BlueandTruesince82 added 11:58 - Mar 13|
Great 2 weeks to learn how a team plays together. Can we wipe out the whole season and start again?
|mathiemagic added 12:02 - Mar 13|
Good time to sack PL and get a new management team in. Plenty of time to get players fit and work with them before we kick off again.
|Orraman added 12:02 - Mar 13|
I would finalise the 4 divisions as they stand now with the exception of a few games where clubs have played a game less than the others and where it could make a difference. In the Prem Sheffield united and Villa are two of only 4 clubs with a game in hand whose result could have an important bearing on next year's Euro comps or relegation. Championship is currently all level, there are no significant games in hand in Lge1 and only a couple of games required in Lge 2. These important outstanding games can be played behind closed doors and the promotion/relegation slots decided on the current top/bottom 3.
I know that will wipe out our very slim chance of reaching play offs but in reality this wasn't going to happen................and before all you moaners start getting worked up about not getting full value for your season ticket, just get over it. - after all we haven't had value for money since McCarthy turned up here. The health of all of us and our families are more important.
|Terry_Nutkins added 12:56 - Mar 13|
Not a chance in hell there will be any football by then. Season is finished i would think.
|midastouch added 12:57 - Mar 13|
3 more weeks we will barely have a shot on target then! ;-)
All joking aside, seems the sensible thing to do given the circumstances. Bad luck for the teams that are in form and have momentum. Obviously that doesn't apply to us given we've been in freefall for longer than I'd care to remember!
|midastouch added 12:58 - Mar 13|
Feel for Dolphinblue, he's enjoyed this season so much not sure however he'll be able to manage 3 weeks without watching us lose.
|MurcianITCC added 13:30 - Mar 13|
Either way we are in league 1 next year PMK
|Kickingblock added 13:59 - Mar 13|
Best the club made the most of this window and sorted themselves out, bonding and serious training.
The scouts and medics could go back to school and learn how to spot s pig in a poke!
|TimmyH added 14:00 - Mar 13|
Might be a blessing in disguise considering how awful we have been playing and give the players/manager and staff time to reflect (that's if there is an improvement in cases of the virus).
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