The English Football League has today suspended all fixtures until the weekend of April 3/4/5 at the earliest due to the recent outbreak and spread of the COVID-19 virus.
No matches will be played in the Premier League, Championship, Leagues 1 & 2, as well as the FA Women’s Super League & Championship plus Academy and reserve fixtures, which obviously includes Tranmere Rovers.
This news has not been unexpected, with cases of players and managers having been diagnosed with the illness.
It remains unknown how the remainder of the season will pan out, if at all.
We only know that there will not be any football played by Tranmere until 4 April at the earliest, with Rovers scheduled to travel to Doncaster Rovers, but there may be a requirement to extend the suspension further.
How the remainder of the season will play out will be discussed by the EFL board over the course of the next few days.
While we’d all love to continue going to watch the games, and Rovers are in great form at the moment, the health of players, staff and supporters is of the utmost importance and the cancellation of fixtures appears to be the most sensible decision for the powers that be to make.
Tranmere chairman Mark Palios released a statement on the club’s website outlining how fans can obtain refunds for tickets purchased for the suspended period and providing assurances that it will not impact the club’s future.
He said: “I want to assure our fans that as a consequence of both prudent planning and the investment received this season, we do not envisage the suspension (or even an eventual cancellation of the season) will threaten the existence of the Club despite the significant loss of income that will be the inevitable consequence.
“We are better placed than many to weather the storm. Nevertheless, it may mean that some of the important projects that we had planned may have to be postponed, which is deeply disappointing.”