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EFL announces new date for Bolton’s suspended clash with Brentford

The original fixture was postponed after Bolton’s players went on strike over unpaid wages.

Bolton will now face Brentford on May 7 (Anthony Devlin/PA)
Bolton will now face Brentford on May 7 (Anthony Devlin/PA)

Bolton’s rearranged Sky Bet Championship game with Brentford will be played on May 7, the English Football League has announced.

The Trotters were due to face the Bees last weekend but the match was postponed after Bolton’s first-team squad went on strike over unpaid wages.

The EFL announced on Wednesday that Bolton’s players were available to play Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on Sunday.

And now Bolton, already relegated to League One, will face Brentford on Tuesday, two days after the regular Championship season ends.

However, in the event of the club entering administration, they will not have to fulfil their final fixture.

An EFL statement read: “The EFL board has determined that Bolton Wanderers’ suspended Sky Bet Championship fixture with Brentford is to be played on Tuesday 7 May, 2019 and the club (Bolton) has been instructed to make the necessary arrangements.

“As previously advised, EFL regulations provide that any League match can be played within four days of the end of the normal playing season (Sunday 5 May, 2019).

“The board also discussed the potential of Bolton Wanderers being placed into administration and took the view if that was to happen, the EFL would not insist the game be played.

“The rationale for adopting that approach is that it is the board’s view that any administrator should be allowed to concentrate their efforts and available funding on finding a purchaser for the club, rather than staging the fixture in these unprecedented circumstances.

“The EFL is also aware that the club’s safety advisory group (SAG) is due to meet tomorrow and we would advise all supporters to wait until the details for the game are confirmed by the Club before making any travel arrangements.”

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