Bolton v Peterborough Gets EFL Go-Ahead

  • March 12, 2020 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton's weekend clash with Peterborough United will be played as scheduled, after the EFL announced all fixtures remain unaffected by the coronavirus outbreak.

With interruptions to fixture lists in Italy, Denmark, Spain and numerous other countries across Europe, UEFA announced earlier on Thursday that a videoconference will be held this coming Tuesday to discuss potential contingency plans should a blanket ban be placed upon the sport and its spectators.

At the time of writing, 590 confirmed cases of the virus have resulted in 10 UK deaths and although consideration has been given to bringing the season to a temporary pause, the EFL have confirmed games will go ahead as planned unless a further update from Prime Minister Boris Johnson says otherwise.

A statement, posted at EFL.com, read: "In light of today's announcement by the UK Government, EFL matches will continue to take place as normal while the guidance from the relevant authorities remains that there is no medical rationale to close or cancel sporting events at this time.

"The EFL, however, will continue to work with Government and relevant stakeholders to further develop contingency plans to ensure the League is best placed to act as and when any potential restrictions may come into force.

"Immediately following the announcement by the Prime Minister, EFL Chair Rick Parry held discussions with the FA and Premier League and agreed on a consistent approach ahead of this weekend's round of fixtures. Matters will be further discussed at a meeting called by European Football's Governing body, UEFA, on Tuesday 17 March.

"The League will continue to liaise with the Government regarding ongoing developments and will continue to work with Clubs to ensure players, staff and supporters are updated and appraised accordingly.

"These matters are, of course, subject to change and we will update as appropriate."

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