Wheater: '15-Year-Olds Were Going to Play'

  • May 03, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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David Wheater thinks common sense prevailed, after Bolton's rearranged Championship fixture against Brentford was called off.

After the original game was postponed last Saturday due to first-team players and staff going on strike, Wanderers were told to make arrangements to stage the match this coming Tuesday - two days after the planned finish to the league campaign.

A meeting of the Safety Advisory Group on Friday saw a prohibition notice placed upon the University of Bolton Stadium, however, with uncertainty over security and medical staffing causing a breach of the ground's security certificate and ultimately forcing the EFL to award Brentford all three points by virtue of a 1-0 victory.

Wheater claims to have been told by a youth coach that a number of under-16 players would have been called into action, something he believes would only have been detrimental to their development.

"I didn't think the Brentford game was going to go ahead," Wheater told Sky Sports.

"With both sides having foreign lads going back home, neither side would have wanted to play it.

"It's a sensible decision and the best for everyone - get this season out of the way, get the club sorted and hopefully we can have a better campaign next year.

"I got told by the youth team coach that 15-year-olds were going to play.

"You couldn't expect them to go and play in the Championship - they're not ready for that and it wouldn't have been good for them or anyone."

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