THE BetVictor Northern Premier League has joined the lead of the Premier League and the English Football League and suspended all football until further notice.
Games went ahead at the weekend when professional clubs had all their games postponed, but now officials at non-league level have decided to act following the coronavirus threat.
In a statement on the league’s website, they say; “The Northern Premier League has today decided, reluctantly, to suspend all fixtures until further notice in light of the escalating Covid-19 outbreak.
The League would like to congratulate the players, officials, volunteers and fans of clubs able to stage games at the weekend and notes the excellent attendances at those fixtures. Whilst the primary responsibility of the League is to the financial sustainability of its member clubs, the number of clubs reporting players or officials in self-isolation has now reached a point at which continuing to play games would severely undermine the integrity of the competition.
In consultation with the partners Eliteform, all NPL Football Academy fixtures have also been suspended until further notice.
The NPL is well aware that clubs and fans need clarity around whether the 2019/20 season is to be suspended temporarily or permanently, and the full implications of either eventuality. The NPL will be working with the other Alliance Leagues and the Football Association, to assess the various options and to agree a way forward.
As soon as we are able to, we will share that information with member clubs and their supporters.
It will affect clubs such as Nantwich Town and Leek Town who are going for promotion and Stafford Rangers who are battling to avoid relegation.
Nantwich’s game was called off at the weekend, but Leek were 2-0 winners at Lincoln United to remain top of the South East Division.
But now it means the games involving Nantwich Town v Basford United; Leek Town v Stocksbridge Park Steels and Glossop North End v Kidsgrove Athletic on Tuesday night are postponed, along with the weekend fixtures.
Earlier today, the Staffs County Senior League and the Coors Sunday League announced they would be suspending all football until April 4th. The Potteries and District Sunday League have an emergency meeting tomorrow night.