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All EFL Fixtures Postponed

edited March 17 in Swansea City
Statement from the Swans Official Site...

The EFL have today confirmed that all fixtures have been postponed until Friday, April 3 with immediate effect.

It means Swansea City’s fixtures against Middlesbrough (a), Luton (h) and Millwall (a) will not go ahead. The Swans are due to face Sheffield Wednesday at the Liberty Stadium on April 4, although the EFL will review the matter prior to this date.

Following the postponements, we will update supporters who have tickets for forthcoming games with more information as soon as possible, and once we gain further clarification around potential rescheduled dates from the EFL.

Swansea City chairman, Trevor Birch, said: “The health and wellbeing of our staff, supporters, their families and the wider public will always remain of paramount importance to the football club.

“The decision to postpone fixtures was inevitable and totally understandable for what is an unprecedented and dynamically developing situation.

“We all hope we can get back to normal as soon as possible, but the priority at the moment is for everyone to follow the health advice available and stay safe.’’

As a result of the postponements and the reduced demand for certain services, the club is introducing internal measures to limit the current risk, and supporters are advised that the club shop and ticket office will be closed to the public until further notice from tomorrow.

The car boot sales that take place at the Liberty Stadium have also been cancelled until further notice.

Ticket office staff will be available via phone and email for any queries. The club shop will continue to operate its online retail service.

We apologise to supporters for any inconvenience and ask for patience in relation to any ticketing and general enquiries, but trust that everyone will understand that the safety of individuals is the main priority during these unprecedented times.

We will continue to update supporters on developments via our normal club channels and we thank you for your ongoing support.

A statement from the EFL read: “Having considered the increased number of cases affecting club players and staff, the Board were unanimous in their approach and it has been determined that all football activity scheduled to take place this weekend and until April 3, 2020 will be postponed.

“In addition to this the League instructs all clubs to suspend indefinitely all non-essential business which include, but are not limited to, player appearances, commercial activities training ground visits and fan meetings. We also advise that club community organisations cease their activities until April 3, 2020.

“While the EFL Board has continued to take the advice and guidance offered of the government and its health advisors, emerging developments mean now is the time to press pause and take stock to enable the EFL, together with our Premier League and FA colleagues, to implement our contingency plans, which have been in preparation for a period of time.”

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  • All EFL games are suspended until 3 April.
  • edited March 13

    From the BBC:

    All elite football in England has been suspended until at least 3 April as a result of the spread of coronavirus.

    All Premier League games, EFL fixtures and matches in the FA Women's Super League and Women's Championship have been postponed.

    The Premier League said action would resume on 4 April "subject to medical advice and conditions at the time".

    The Football Association said England's games against Italy on 27 March and Denmark four days later are off.

    The EFL, which hopes to resume play a day earlier than the Premier League on 3 April, said clubs were also advised to suspend "non-essential activities" such as "player appearances, training ground visits and fan meetings".



  • Lost a few weeks of football ,rugby and racing due to winter freeze up Jan/Feb 1962.I wonder how that compares.No obvious end to this one though.
  • What the hell are we going to talk about for 3 weeks?
    :)
  • edited March 13
    In the 62/63 freeze up and from Colin's book, Swans did not play from Dec 26 1962 at home to Southampton (w 1-0) till 9th Feb 1962 at home to Chelsea(w 2-0 Venables,Bonetti,McCreadie and all!!)
    I make that 45 days.
    As you Say Jeff what are we going to talk about,especially if this virus gets nasty we will need to have something lighter to divert us.:o
  • What the hell are we going to talk about for 3 weeks?
    :)
    We can continue to take pot shots at each other with no reasoned arguments - business as usual.. B)
    Jeff_CowbridgeMark_Jack_LondonbarryFyldeJackSeaJackJoe90
  • State of Emergency here in Spain. In Madrid all shops, businesses must close apart from the four essential ones...
    Farmacies
    Supermakets
    Petrol station
    Tabaco kiosk  :smiley:
  • edited March 14
    @Malaga going by the spelling mate, you've been in Spain far too long <span>:wink:</span>
  • There is no way on earth this season will resume on 3 April unless the games are played behind closed doors and I think that's unlikely. IMO it is over. Only question is what they will do with the teams in the promotion and relegation places. if they say everything stays as is, Leeds and West Brom at least would have grounds for serious complaints, but how can they relegate the bottom three from the EPL when it's so tight and there are 9-10 games to go? I guess the most consistent thing would be to say the season is cancelled, we go on as though it never happened. But then what happens with parachute payments?
    Jeff_Cowbridge
  • @Malaga going by the spelling mate, you've been in Spain far too long <span>:wink:</span>
    Yes many years,  :joy: streets are pretty empty round here, strong message to stay at home, I'm guessing that the 15 day emergency will be extended
  • @Malaga doesn't the flat cap protect you out there?
  • Possibility of this season being declared null and void. Liverpool fans wont be happy or the likes of WBA & Leeds
  • Would they not declare all remaining fixtures 0-0 draws - thus confirming where we are right now?
    SeaJack
  • @Jackareme They wont do that. Look at the bottom of the Prem Lge. You have West ham, Watford & BMouth in positions 16 to 18 with Bmouth currently in the relegation spot. All 3 teams have 27 points and goal differences of -15, -17 and -18 respectively. It would be seriously unjust to relegate BMouth with the huge financial implications of a relegation doing what you suggest.
  • @Jackareme This is an interesting read. A possible solution based on abandoning the cups etc, plus insight into the financial hits smaller clubs are getting from this current postponement

    https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/51887560
    Jackareme
  • they will have to find some way to finish playing those games or they will face a law suit. From clubs they relegate (if they do without playing). Champions League places - for those that miss out. And for any promotion teams who miss out because they decide not to promote or relegate anyone.
    Keith
  • @Malaga doesn't the flat cap protect you out there?
    The real lockdown starts Mon morning, can't go out except for work, farmacie, supermarket or hospital, I've got my safety straw hat from my days working in the campo :)
  • I’m sure our learned QC friends, representing the leagues position, are already pouring over “force majeure” as we speak. 
  • The peak is expected in June. The Euros will almost certainly be called off. 

    So resume the season on July 1st, play 2 or even 3 games a week in July and August to get the season done. 

    Have a two week break, then get 2020/21 underway from mid September. 

    Scrap international friendlies, the League Cup and EFL Trophy to make room for a truncated league calendar. Extend the end of the season to late May if need be. 
    FyldeJackdeekayPablo
  • Absolutel joke as far as I’m concerned it’s like a game being abandoned after 75 mins Liverpool champs Bournemouth villa Norwich go down. Leeds West Brom Fulham go up, we miss out so what,tuff not been good enough.same in every other division!
  • The peak is expected in June. The Euros will almost certainly be called off. 

    So resume the season on July 1st, play 2 or even 3 games a week in July and August to get the season done. 

    Have a two week break, then get 2020/21 underway from mid September. 

    Scrap international friendlies, the League Cup and EFL Trophy to make room for a truncated league calendar. Extend the end of the season to late May if need be. 

    There's no way the season is resuming in July and I would be cautious about betting about the next season starting in August. All bets are off as far as this virus is concerned - right now the stats from China are suggesting they are over the peak but there's no way of knowing if the data is accurate, or if the virus will mutate or come back again. Best guide to the authorities' intentions and expectations is the decision to postpone local elections until  next May rather than the autumn. Forget the Euros, the Olympics, Wimbledon. This will be the year that never was.
  • What absolute load of bollocks this is.the government say iff you’ve got this virus to self isolate not that you need immediate medical attention! That’s how serious it is! Chinese communists trying to bring down capatilism!
  • I’m absolutely sick to death of the media.people die of the flu each year. I have a mate who’s hiv positive and the first thing he told me was, not another one! They’ve been trying to get rid of me for the las 20 years! It’ll be something else next year! Of course people are dying,people die of viruses every year! It’s all scare mongoring
    Jackareme
  • Malaga my daughter works in Gib but lives in La linea and she has been sending videos of empty streets and earlier a video of an announcement over a tannoy about the shutdown . Also she now has to work from home for two weeks . Terrible times 
  • Think about the countless innocent civilians caught up in and dying from conflicts and wars the world over. No talk of shutting down military invasions of other countries for whatever reason is given to invade them. Weapons production on the increase with no signs of abatement. The death drive is another virus that needs inoculating from the human race.
    barryPablo
  • enaitch said:
    Malaga my daughter works in Gib but lives in La linea and she has been sending videos of empty streets and earlier a video of an announcement over a tannoy about the shutdown . Also she now has to work from home for two weeks . Terrible times 


    Enaitch, i have a feeling it's going to be a lot longer than 2 weeks, after the 15 days parliament can approve an extension, empty streets here too and some empty shelves also tho Sanchez has "guaranteed" to keep supemarkets supplied and the power on. Low flying chopper just gone past as i type
  • edited March 15
    Brownie said:
    I’m absolutely sick to death of the media.people die of the flu each year. I have a mate who’s hiv positive and the first thing he told me was, not another one! They’ve been trying to get rid of me for the las 20 years! It’ll be something else next year! Of course people are dying,people die of viruses every year! It’s all scare mongoring

    Interesting view Brownie,but I am sure there are hundreds of families in Italy or Spain that would disagree with you.
    I just I hope that none of my vulnerable family members suffers from being infected or worse, by complacent or uncaring fellow citizens in the next weeks and months.

  • the big problem is the league doesnt finish before 30 June, lots of players will be out of contract.

    so what if they, understandably dont want to sign a short term deal to take them through to a delayed end of season, in case they get injured and then cant get a deal?

    and if they do refuse, will teams be allowed to sign new players? and if they do, will clubs object, and sue if they are allowed to?

    there will need to be an agreement by all parties, or majority, for a change to competition rules for this to happen.
  • Makes you think Mark, I think what we will  be needing is a huge dose of common sense. 
    Apart from relegating the scum that is.
      
    JackaremeMark_Jack_London
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