Published On: Thu, Mar 26th, 2020

National League insist they want season to finish properly amid coronavirus chaos | Football | Sport


The message from the league was circulated to clubs stating that they want to close the season as soon as possible, and that they were in talks with the FA over postponing the remaining fixtures amid the coronavirus crisis.

But the National League, which feeds clubs into the Football League, insisted that did not mean they want to call a halt to their season right now.

A source said: “We want to finish our season properly. It is not true that clubs have agreed to null and void the campaign now.

“We are talks with the FA to find a way to finish the season. We want to fall in line with the EFL and the Premier League.”

The EFL are currently in talks with the Premier League and the FA about the way to complete their campaigns, with both adamant that they want to play all their games, even if it means playing matches behind closed doors.

The National League came in for fierce criticism ten days ago when they played on for a final weekend after the rest of football had shut down. The Premier League and EFL are not due to re-start until at least April 30.

Barrow manager Ian Evatt, whose side are top of the National League and set for a return to League football after 49 years, said that if his side were denied promotion: “I don’t think the club would recover.

“I don’t see how you can void the season when some teams have only seven games to play.

“If that was the case, my board of directors would look at their investment in the club. We’ve been top for five months. From our perspective, the interest of fairness would be for us to be promoted.”

The email that was circulated to clubs by the National League and published on their website by Boredom Wood yesterday, said: “The broad consensus was that our Clubs wish for a decision to be made to close the season as soon as possible.

“The FA have been asked to assist us with making the decisions to postpone all remaining fixtures and to end the season as soon as possible for the purposes of player contracts.

“The National League is working with the FA to define all reasonable and practical options.”

The National League have asked the FA for a £17 million rescue package to help its clubs survive if they do have to play on, and enable them to extend player’s contracts into the summer.

An FA spokesman said: “We remain in regular dialogue and consultation with all stakeholders regarding next steps across the National League Pyramid.”



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