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27th Apr 2019

EFL order Bolton Wanderers to rearrange suspended fixture at the earliest opportunity

Bolton have been ordered to complete their two remaining fixtures this season after players went on strike due to unpaid wages

Reuben Pinder

Their fixture against Brentford has been called off

Bolton have been instructed by the EFL to complete their two remaining fixtures this season after a player strike led to their match against Brentford being suspended this weekend.

Players yesterday released a statement explaining their decision to strike after they were not paid for March and it looking unlikely that they will be paid at the end of April.

The EFL were left with no option but to suspend their fixture against Brentford this weekend but have since released a statement saying they are ‘determined’ for Bolton to rearrange the fixture at the ‘earliest possible opportunity’.

The statement reads: “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.”