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"Return Date Looks Set To Be Put Back But The Season Will Be Completed."

27 March 2020

Return date of April 30th looks unlikley but boss says season will be completed

David Artell feels that football resuming again on April 30th is unrealistic, but he hopes that we could be back playing by the end of the following month.

The EFL look set to extend a possible return date but Artell says that the feedback he has received from the authorities is that the 2019/20 season will be completed.

Crewe are currently top of the league in League Two with nine games remaining.

The Crewe Alexandra boss told “I expect the date of 30th April will be put back slightly but the determination is there to complete the season. It will be finished. If that means it will be finished in September then it will be finished then.

“I know there is a movement to null and void it from some people with there only agendas but it is not going to happen. There are too many legal and financial ramifications. There are broadcasting issues and the Premier League want it completed. The EFL will fall into line.

“The experts are saying that the peak will come around Easter time and then hopefully we will start moving down the curve and coming down the other side. We are two, three weeks behind Italy and their figures are thankfully falling.

“I am sure everyone wants to get back to normal as quickly as possible and football comes into that. I think the whole country is missing it and everyone will be as flexible as we need to be to get the season finished.

“We may have to come back and play Tuesday, Saturday, Thursday, Saturday if needs be but we are willing to do it.

The boss added: “I know there are greater things to worry about. I get that totally but I was asked a football question and in my opinion the season will finish 100%.”

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