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Bolton under fire over postponement


Fixture row: Bolton Wanderers
Fixture row: Bolton Wanderers

By Lewis Samuel

Bolton have been criticised after announcing the postponement of tonight's League One game with Doncaster amid welfare concerns for their young squad.

Both the EFL and their opponents have reacted angrily to the manner in which the Trotters have cancelled the fixture via a statement.

In it, Bolton, who are currently in administration and have been forced to field largely youth team players so far this season, said subjecting them to another game would be "detrimental to their welfare and development."

In a statement, the EFL said: "(We) would have expected the club to have first interfaced with the EFL, giving it an opportunity to consider the application to postpone, and consulted Doncaster Rovers before a public announcement."

Doncaster chief executive Gavin Baldwin also expressed frustration at the manner of the apparent postponement.

Baldwin said: "Bolton Wanderers have postponed this game without the agreement of Rovers or the EFL, and we were surprised to learn of the news via Bolton's social media.

"We have a lot of sympathy for Bolton's plight, but we've prepared for this game as normal and fully expected it to go ahead.

"We will work with the EFL to understand this situation and keep supporters as informed as we can."

Wanderers are awaiting the completion of a takeover by Football Ventures which had been blocked by a court order issued by Laurence Bassini, who tried to buy the club earlier this year.

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