The league confirmed there is “nothing further to add at this stage” to yesterday’s guidance saying there is “no rationale” to postpone matches.
Chesterfield’s statement read: “The National League’s decision to allow matches to proceed this weekend in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic has been criticised by the club.
“Despite the Premier League and EFL deciding to postpone matches for the next three weeks, it was agreed at a National League board meeting this afternoon that the National League programme would continue as normal.”
Spireites company secretary Ashley Carson strongly believes that 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 wellbeing of everyone connected with the club and will continue to make that our priority.”
Fans gave their reaction as Chesterfield slam the National League’s decision to play on…
Don’t wind them up! Please forgive us our van touting overlords
— Daz Hirst (@dhirst81) March 13, 2020
Absolutely right to register these concerns.
— Colin Muncie (@ColinM1956) March 13, 2020
Good to see some common sense at last ? how the leagues come up with the decision to play is ridiculous
— Matt Jones (@jones98matt) March 13, 2020
Not all grassroots football has been suspended either
— Luke Read (@r99dyy) March 13, 2020
Get a court injunction..
— Dr Nicholas Marshall (@Nick5307) March 13, 2020
You lot just don't want to get relegated
— Smallwoodjake5@gmail.com (@smallwoodjake5) March 13, 2020
Agree with Chesterfield FC you think & should be a Football League Club
— Roy Clifford (@SSOrient1879) March 13, 2020
Aaron Thomas Riggott: Hate to say this but a actually agree with cashley here ?
Matthew Allen: If I was the CEO of any football Club, I would forfeit the match, the fans come first.
Tim Chambers: Fair play. I agree with him and the club in making this statement (for about the first time ever).
Stephen Watts: Absolutely stupid. Matches are being postponed for a reason. If it was a home match tomorrow I would stay away. NOT worth risking my health to see another miserable loss anyway.
James Thompson: I’m not going to be the only one saying this or feeling sick about doing so but… I… agree… with Ashley Carson.
John Peglau: Suggestion for the National League bosses. Mandate the Clubs to set up their grounds (most don’t have stadiums in the true sense of the word) to equally distribute what few fans they have throughout the ground. No packs of fans , get opens space between people.