EFL: Bolton Took Decision to Postpone Without Permission

  • August 19, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton took the decision to postpone their League One clash with Doncaster Rovers without consulting their opposition, or the EFL.

Wanderers were due to face Rovers at the University of Bolton Stadium on Tuesday, but released a statement on Monday afternoon confirming the game had been called off due to concern over the welfare of their youth players - many of whom would have been lining up for the fourth time in the space of just 10 days.

It was widely reported on social media that the Trotters had made the decision without prior discussion or agreement from other parties - forcing the EFL to release a statement of their own, in which they confirm their disappointment at the club's actions.

"Bolton Wanderers has this afternoon announced it will not fulfil its League One fixture against Doncaster Rovers on Tuesday 20 August 2019," read a statement at EFL.com.

"The Club has stated it has taken the decision to postpone the game as a result of concerns over the welfare of its young players, given the frequency of fixtures and the impact this would have on their physical and emotional well-being.

"The EFL understands the challenging position the Club currently finds itself in whilst negotiations continue over its purchase. However, it would have expected the Club to have first interfaced with the EFL, giving it an opportunity to consider the application to postpone, and consulted with the Club's opposition, Doncaster Rovers before making a public announcement.

"The EFL remains acutely aware of the ongoing risks this challenging and complex situation has to the integrity of the competition."

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