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EFL issue statement on Bolton game

League tell Wanderers they expect Brentford's game at Bolton to go ahead

27 April 2019

Brentford's game away to Bolton Wanderers was called off late last night. The EFL have this morning, Saturday 27 April, issued the following statement:

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. Bolton have been instructed to now make the appropriate arrangements for the rearrangement of Saturday’s game at the earliest opportunity.

In issuing this directive, the EFL Board is aware that a number of Bolton's 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 Bolton 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 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, they will now be charged with misconduct and be referred to an Independent Disciplinary Commission.

Finally, the current ownership difficulties at Bolton 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.

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