EFL to Force Bolton into Fielding Academy Players

  • April 27, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton will be forced to play a rearranged midweek fixture with Brentford, even if they have to select a team of scholars.

Wanderers were due to host the Bees at the University of Bolton Stadium on Saturday, but the game was called off at 10:30pm on Friday after the club's first-team squad decided to boycott due to unpaid wages for the month of March - which are over four weeks late.

With eight days of the Championship season remaining, the EFL have had to act fast. They state the Trotters must fulfil their fixture obligation, and the only reason the original fixture was allowed to be postponed was down to the club's under-18 squad having a match of their own just two days prior.

An official statement, posted by the EFL, read: "Following the decision to suspend the fixture between Bolton Wanderers and Brentford late on Friday evening, the EFL Board has determined that Bolton Wanderers must complete their two outstanding matches in the Sky Bet Championship.

"The Club has been instructed to now make the appropriate arrangements for the rearrangement of Saturday's game at the earliest opportunity.

"In issuing this directive, the Board is aware that a number of the Clubs' Professional Players may not make themselves available but is satisfied that a team can be selected from the players they have registered and available to them.

"The EFL would have forced the Club to play this weekend's fixture had the under-18 team not been involved in a game on Thursday and the potential player welfare issues this could have created for the Club in the longer term. This same issue will not reoccur as the Club is able to plan the players' preparation and recovery time accordingly.

"We deeply regret having to make the decision to suspend Saturday's game and apologise for the inconvenience this will cause for all those involved, particularly the supporters of both Bolton Wanderers and Brentford.

"As stated yesterday, as a result of Bolton Wanderers not meeting its fixture obligations as per EFL Regulations, the Club will now be charged with misconduct and be referred to an Independent Disciplinary Commission.

"Finally, the current ownership difficulties at the Club remain a significant concern for the EFL and we will look to work with both parties over the next week to bring all outstanding matters to a speedy conclusion. It should be recognised that the resolution is not in our hands but we will assist where possible, with the long term interests of Bolton Wanderers and its supporters, our priority."

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