Bolton game called off as players threaten strike action

Date published: Saturday 27th April 2019 9:01

Crisis-club Bolton‘s troubled season hit its lowest point on Friday 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 Sky Bet 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”.

The club’s final match of the season is due to be at Nottingham Forest a week on Sunday.

Bolton’s players earlier revealed they had yet to receive their March salaries, along with five of their coaching staff.

A statement released on their behalf added: “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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