Fans Face Exclusion from University of Bolton Stadium

  • April 02, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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Supporters have been banned from entering the University of Bolton Stadium, putting Bolton's upcoming league games in doubt.

Wanderers are due to host Ipswich Town on Saturday, before facing Middlesbrough under the floodlights four days later, but both matches are at risk of postponement following a meeting of the Safety Advisory Group (SAG).

SAG, which consists of members from Bolton Council, Greater Manchester Police, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, North West Ambulance and St John's Ambulance, have issued a prohibition notice on the club under the Safety of Sports Grounds Act 1975.

Ahead of a meeting on Tuesday, Wanderers officials confirmed they were unable to guarantee conditions of their safety certificate would be met - with an appearance at the High Court looming on Wednesday.

A statement, issued by SAG, read: "We recognise that Bolton Wanderers Football Club is at the heart of our community and this is a deeply regrettable situation.

"We have done everything we can over recent weeks to support the club at this difficult time.

"Every effort has been made to give the club enough time to put adequate matchday operation standards in place.

"Safety and security remain our primary concern and while we recognise that spectators may be disappointed, we are not prepared to put the public at risk."

In addition, an EFL spokesperson said: "Whilst disappointed, the EFL understands the rationale for the position taken by the SAG at this time. However, we still hope the fixtures will take place as planned.

"We will work with the Club and offer them any practical assistance that is available to us in an attempt to find a successful and timely resolution to the issue."

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