Football: Rochdale AFC matches cancelled by EFL

Date published: 13 March 2020

As a result of the decision to postpone all Premier League and EFL games until 3 April (at the earliest), Rochdale AFC's forthcoming home fixtures against Tranmere, Burton and AFC Wimbledon have been cancelled. The away fixture at Bristol Rovers at the end of March will also not go ahead.

A statement released by the EFL says: "This action, which will be kept under constant review, has been taken due to the increasing numbers of clubs taking steps to isolate their players and staff because of the COVID-19 virus.

"The postponements include all matches in the Championship, League One and League Two, as well as all academy and youth team fixtures.

"In addition, clubs are being advised to suspend indefinitely all non-essential activities which include, but are not limited to, player appearances, training ground visits and fan meetings.

"This decision has not been taken lightly, but the EFL must prioritise the health and well-being of players, staff and supporters while also acknowledging the government’s national efforts in tackling this outbreak."

Rochdale AFC has also released a statement to outline its position: "Whilst it is obviously disappointing to have forthcoming fixtures postponed, the club are fully understanding and supportive of the action taken by the EFL.

"The health and wellbeing of everyone is of paramount importance and we would urge all to follow Government guidance at this time.

"The whole world is reacting by the hour to this pandemic and we are no different."

"The EFL has said it will provide a further update to clubs following an EFL board meeting next week.

"Once more information becomes available to us, we will then be able to provide further updates in respect of fixtures, tickets, club opening hours, refunds, etc.

"We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused."

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