Coronavirus – Port Vale games off as EFL suspends all its fixtures



Port Vale’s home game  with Crawley tomorrow is OFF after the EFL voted to suspend all games until April 3 in response to coronavirus.

The league has initially planned to play on, but announced the decision to postpone following a meeting this morning.

The decision to suspend until April 3, at the earliest, affects Vale’s games against Crawley, Bradford on Tuesday, away to Oldham on March 21 and at home to Crewe on March 28. 

Speaking at this morning press conference, in anticipation of games being suspended, assistant manager Dave Kevan said he would love to play, but people’s health and safety is the most important consideration.

He said: “If the powers that be believe that is the right thing to do for everyone’s health and safety, then obviously that is the most important decision.”

Kevan said, as things stand, no Vale players have been diagnosed with the virus or had needed to go into self-isolation.

However he said the situation is ongoing and the club and management are waiting for the latest guidelines from the authorities.

Some games in Europe have been played behind closed doors this week but Kevan isn’t in favour of that.

He added: “Personally I would rather not, I think the game is there for the supporters. The players react off the supporters so they go hand in hand. Football needs to be played in front of fans.”

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