Macclesfield Town are set to be given another points deduction for calling off tomorrow’s League Two match against Plymouth Argyle.
BBC reporter Ian Dennis revealed the news on Twitter tonight after there were initial doubts because the club have been served a “zero-capacity notice” at Moss Rose. He said, “I’m hearing Macclesfield v Plymouth is OFF. Waiting for official confirmation”.
Plymouth Live writer Chris Errington on Friday evening: “Just arrived in Macclesfield after a six-hour drive up the rain-soaked M5 and M6. Now waiting on word from the #EFL about whether Argyle will be playing tomorrow and, if so, whether fans will be allowed inside the ground. #pafc”
“The Argyle squad travelled six hours to Cheshire today. They trained and prepared as usual for an away fixture.”
The club suspended ticket sales for the fixture after the notice was served by the local Safety Advisory Group.
Macclesfield have already been docked six points, along with a suspended four points by the EFL on Thursday for not paying wages and for failing to play out a previous fixture.
The English Football League have already stated that their punishment will be “significant” if the game is postponed, which it has.
THE LATEST EFL STATEMENT ON THE FIXTURE
“Macclesfield Town’s fixture with Plymouth Argyle will not go ahead as planned on Saturday 21 December after the club was issued with a zero capacity notice by the local Safety Advisory Group (SAG).
“The notice was served by the SAG on Thursday and the club, with the assistance of the EFL, had spent the intervening 24 hours working on a solution in respect of the outstanding inspections and tests required at the Moss Rose Stadium that would ensure the capacity was reinstated.
“Despite making significant progress, the SAG is not satisfied all its requirements have been met and have maintained the capacity of the stadium at zero, resulting in the club informing the League it would not be in a position to fulfil the fixture with supporters in attendance.
“The club did request to play behind closed doors, however on consideration, as per the provisions in Regulation 33.1, the EFL did not agree to the request.
“The core principles behind EFL competitions are that all its fixtures are to be played in front of spectators and playing behind closed doors significantly increases the risks of crowds congregating in the vicinity of the stadium.
“As a result of the game not going ahead, the club will be charged with misconduct for failing to fulfil its fixture obligations.
“The club received a six-point deduction on Thursday after pleading guilty to charges of non-payment of wages and failure to fulfil its fixture obligations. A further four points were suspended as a result of the charges.”
Their first deduction meant that Macclesfield fell to 22nd place in the League Two table, three points above the relegation zone, and have not won in eight matches.
After finding out Macclesfield are to be given another points deduction for calling off tomorrow’s match against Plymouth, fans gave their reaction with many left angry – see those tweets on the next page.