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National League North suspended for two weeks

Post by LauraHammond »

Alfreton Town FC's next match will take place in February after the National League North was suspended for two weeks.

The suspension came after Alfreton Town FC and 11 other National League North clubs issued a joint statement about the season yesterday (Thursday, January 21).

They wrote: "Whilst the integrity of the National League is important, we do not value this above the safety and wellbeing of our families, staff, volunteers or that of our heroic workers who are tackling this pandemic on the frontline. Furthermore, we have now been asked to consider loans against our clubs and we are quite simply not prepared to trade whilst insolvent.

"Therefore, we are calling for the immediate suspension of the league competition to allow the National League, FA and the DCMS time to find a solution that is acceptable to all. This suspension will allow us the time to lobby our respective MPs and carry out our own financial risk assessments against avoiding a Null and Void scenario.

"An inability to secure acceptable funding to cover COVID testing and the loss of fans will continue to render us insolvent and we are not prepared to prolong this beyond the 29th January 2021.

"We are duty bound as mere custodians of our clubs and will do everything we can to ensure we do not place any avoidable further financial burden now or in the future upon our community assets.

"Quite simply, 66 clubs would not have willingly participated in any footballing competition which initiated playing contracts, without assurances."

A statement issued by the National League today (Friday, January 22) confirmed the suspension.

It read: "Following the review of the feedback from Clubs in connection to the recent Clubs meeting, a Board meeting this morning decided to halt the participation in the North/South Divisions for a two-week period, effective immediately.

"As a result, tomorrow's games are formally postponed."

Alfreton Town FC's next scheduled fixture is now at Gloucester on Tuesday, February 9.

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