`It’s a mess’ – Stoke City chairman reveals fixture fear



Chairman Peter Coates fears the current coronavirus crisis will extend beyond the current three-week break from action.

All games have been postponed until the weekend of April, but the Stoke City chief doubts that will be long enough.

The former FA councillor was speaking to StokeonTrentLive after Stoke’s games against Reading tomorrow, Middlesbrough at home next Wednesday and Wigan away three days later were postponed.

“I was going along with the Government recommendations, which were to carry on this weekend,” he said.

“I have to say the Government has handled the situation very well and I have been hugely impressed with their scientific experts.

“But once managers and players start contracting the virus, then I understand the footballing authorities taking the decision they have now regarding the postponements.

“It is all a mess, let’s be honest, and one we could never have envisaged before this crisis.

“What I am wondering now is what is going to happen come the weekend of April 4 when we are supposed to start playing again?

“The Government suggests the outbreak will be getting worse, so you have to wonder if we will start playing again then.

“That then has a knock-on effect into the summer. I think the strong likelihood now is that the European Championships won’t be played this summer and will have to be postponed to summer next year.”





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