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Decision to play slammed by club

13 March 2020

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The National League's decision to allow matches to proceed this weekend in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic has been criticised by the club.

Despite the Premier League and EFL deciding to postpone matches for the next three weeks, it was agreed at a National League board meeting this afternoon that the National League programme would continue as normal.

Spireites company secretary Ashley Carson strongly believes that National League fixtures should have been called-off. He said: "We do not support the decision at all and tried without success to contact National League chief executive Michael Tattersall today in order to make our feelings known.

"Premier League and EFL clubs have been joined by grassroots clubs in postponing matches so it would surely have been a sensible approach for the National League to follow suit. 

"We played Harrogate Town ten days ago and it has now emerged that four of their employees, who may have come into contact with some of our players and officials, are self-isolating, forcing the postponement of their game against Solihull Moors.

"Our players and management are not happy at all with the situation and that has affected the build-up to the game at Dover Athletic.

"We have taken various measures to protect the health and wellbeing of everyone connected with the club and will continue to make that our priority."

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