Bolton Games Postponed as Coronavirus Pauses EFL Season

  • March 13, 2020 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton have had four matches postponed after the EFL suspended the league season due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak.

On Thursday, it was announced Wanderers' League One clash with Peterborough United would go ahead as planned at the weekend but news of Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta being struck down with the virus, as well as a number of players throughout the Premier League, forced an emergency meeting of officials on Friday where it was decided to put a temporary halt to the top four tiers of the English game.

Therefore, the Trotters upcoming matches against Peterborough, Southend United, Doncaster Rovers and Fleetwood Town are to be played at a later date, with the spread of the virus being closely monitored before any decision on rearrangements are made.

A statement, posted at bwfc.co.uk, read: "Following a statement issued by the EFL's Board this morning, tomorrow's Sky Bet League One fixture against Peterborough United at the University of Bolton Stadium and the fixtures against Southend United (away - Saturday 21 March), Doncaster Rovers (home - Tuesday 24 March) and Fleetwood Town (away - Saturday 28 March) have been postponed.

"The action, which will be kept under constant review by the EFL, has been taken due to the increasing concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus.

"Further information will be announced in due course.

"The club's primary concern remains the health and well-being of our staff, players and supporters."

Announcing the postponement of all football activity throughout the Premier League, EFL, Women's Super League, Women's Championship, as well as all academy and youth fixtures, an official statement at EFL.com read: "The FA, Premier League, EFL and Barclays FA Women's Super League and FA Women's Championship have collectively agreed to postpone the professional game in England until 3 April at the earliest.

"This action, which will be kept under constant review, has been taken due to the increasing numbers of Clubs taking steps to isolate their players and staff because of the COVID-19 virus.

"The postponements include all matches in the Championship, League One and League Two, as well as all Academy and youth team fixtures.

"In addition, Clubs are being advised to suspend indefinitely all non-essential activities which include, but are not limited to, player appearances, training ground visits and fan meetings.

"Whilst the EFL Board has continued to take the advice and guidance offered by the Government and its health advisors, emerging developments mean now is the time to implement football's contingency plans in response to the crisis.

"A further update on these plans will be given post an EFL Board Meeting next week.

"This decision has not been taken lightly, but the EFL must prioritise the health and well-being of players, staff and supporters while also acknowledging the Government's national efforts in tackling this outbreak."

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