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EFL announce that matches will go ahead this weekend

Ciaran Bradley
Ciaran Bradley

19:38 12 Mar 2020

The EFL has announced that matches in the Championship, League One and League Two will go ahead this weekend.

The news comes after Boris Johnson and the UK government announced measures to facilitate people travelling to major sporting events.

The EFL released a statement on their website to that end.

The statement reads:

“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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