Chesterfield slams decision to carry on playing as Coronavirus spreads

The National League’s decision to allow matches to proceed this weekend in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic has been criticised by Chesterfield FC.

Spireites company secretary, Ashley Carson, has labelled the situation as “total madness” in an interview with Sky Sports, arguing that all National League fixtures should have been called-off.

He said: “We do not support the decision at all and tried without success to contact National League chief executive Michael Tattersall today in order to make our feelings known.

“Premier League and EFL clubs have been joined by grassroots clubs in postponing matches so it would surely have been a sensible approach for the National League to follow suit. 

“We played Harrogate Town ten days ago and it has now emerged that four of their employees, who may have come into contact with some of our players and officials, are self-isolating, forcing the postponement of their game against Solihull Moors.

“Our players and management are not happy at all with the situation and that has affected the build-up to the game at Dover Athletic.

“We have taken various measures to protect the health and well-being of everyone connected with the club and will continue to make that our priority.”

Other National League teams have been affected by Coronavirus.

York City and Altrincham agreed to postpone their National League North fixture due to be played last Saturday.

The decision came after employees of both teams decided to self-isolate after showing potential symptoms of the virus.

“Considering the circumstances and with the health of players, fans, volunteers and staff in mind, we would ask that anyone showing flu-like symptoms please stay at home and seek guidance from the NHS 111 service during this time,” a statement from York read.