Shrewsbury vs Crewe becomes THIRD League One fixture to be postponed this weekend due to COVID-19 December 31, 2020 – Posted in: Soccer
Shrewsbury’s home League One fixture against Crewe on Saturday after a second Town player tested positive for coronavirus, the EFL has announced.
It is the third match in the division on Saturday to have postponed, along with the games between Peterborough and Doncaster and Rochdale against MK Dons.
A statement from the EFL read: “Shrewsbury Town’s League One fixture against Crewe Alexandra on 2nd January has been suspended.
“The Club informed the EFL that they would be unable to fulfil the fixture following recent positive COVID-19 tests and the requirement for players and staff to self-isolate as per EFL and Government guidance in order to mitigate against the risk of further infection.
“The circumstances surrounding the postponement will now be subject of an investigation in accordance with EFL regulations.
“A revised date for the fixture will be confirmed in due course.”
An unnamed Shrewsbury played returned a positive test on Tuesday with another team-mate diagnosed with the virus following further testing.
A Town statement added: “The health and safety of all staff members at Shrewsbury Town Football Club remains paramount and the Club continually takes all necessary steps to protect all where possible.
“Therefore, Salop has informed the EFL that the Club is unable to fulfil our Sky Bet League One fixture with Crewe Alexandra this Saturday.”
Three Premier League games have already been postponed this season, most recently Tottenham’s Premier League clash at home to Fulham which was scheduled to take place on Wednesday night.
The clash – which was set to kick-off at 6pm – will now be rescheduled.
Newcastle’s clash at Aston Villa earlier in December was postponed following an outbreak at St James’ Park, while Manchester City’s match at Everton on Monday didn’t take place for the same reason.
City reported four positive tests among players and staff on December 25 and another three on December 28.
In the Championship Millwall’s most recent two league fixtures were postponed due to a coronavirus outbreak in the first-team squad.