League suspended until 19th December

The Midland Football League have suspended fixtures until Saturday 19th December

The League met this week to react to the news that all clubs in Division One would be placed in the government’s tier three, having been informed by the Football Association that no supporters would be able to attend.

The League had planned to re-start fixtures on 12th December, but has postponed that date by at least a week.

They will assess the situation again once the government have reviewed the tiers on 16th December.

A League statement read: “In June, it was stated that it was not sustainable for member clubs to play matches ‘behind closed doors’ for an undetermined length of time and that clubs also need the revenue from clubhouses and food sales. This view has not changed.

“The full Management Committee met to discuss the current situation and unanimously agreed that, as the vast majority of clubs in all Divisions have been placed in Tier Three, it is still unsustainable to expect clubs to play without any supporters.

“Therefore, the decision has reluctantly been made to suspend the restart of all League fixtures until 19th December. We will then review the decision again on 16th December once the government has reviewed tier levels.

“The Management Committee also agreed that, if fixtures do resume on 19th December, clubs can agree to switch their Boxing Day fixtures to 28th, 29th or 30th December. This is to allow everyone to take advantage for the relaxation in the rules regarding families coming together this Christmas.”

“We have not taken this decision lightly, however we feel that it is the only practical and fair decision for all member clubs.”

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