Thursday 22 August 2019

Bolton fixture called off as saga rumbles on

The cash-strapped Championship club, relegated to the third tier last week, are in the process of completing a takeover but that has yet to be ratified by the English Football League (stock photo)
The cash-strapped Championship club, relegated to the third tier last week, are in the process of completing a takeover but that has yet to be ratified by the English Football League (stock photo)

Jamie Holland

Crisis-club Bolton's troubled season hit its lowest point last night after their Championship match at home to Brentford was called off, with Wanderers players refusing to play in protest at unpaid wages.

The cash-strapped Championship club, relegated to the third tier last week, are in the process of completing a takeover but that has yet to be ratified by the English Football League.

The EFL announced that it had been forced to suspend Saturday's match and the club were now guilty of misconduct.

It said in a statement: "Following the failure of Bolton Wanderers to provide formal confirmation of its ability to meet its obligation to fulfil its Championship fixture against Brentford on Saturday, the game will not go ahead as planned.

"Earlier on Friday, the playing staff at the club issued a collective statement confirming that they had decided not to fulfil the remaining fixtures of the season unless they received monies owed to them.

"As a result of these disappointing developments, the League has been forced to suspend Saturday's fixture and under EFL regulations, the club is now deemed to be guilty of misconduct and will be referred to an independent disciplinary commission.

"The EFL board will now consider the matter of determining whether the fixture will be played or not."

Bolton "regrettably" confirmed the match had been called off and said they would "like to apologise for the inconvenience this will cause".

An earlier statement released on behalf of Bolton's players read: "The long-running financial crisis at our club has been well documented. As has the fact that we, the playing staff have yet to receive our March salaries."

"Five of our coaching staff are also yet to be paid for March. We have endeavoured to continue our training and playing commitments during this extremely difficult time, with seemingly no resolution in sight."

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