A National League side have decided to pull out of the FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round, in what’s becoming a familiar but sad sight this year.
Two more Notts County players have tested positive for the coronavirus and as a result they have withdrawn from the Emirates FA Cup.
This means that they have postponed their upcoming National League matches away to FC Halifax Town and Aldershot Town, as well as their FA Cup tie away to King’s Lynn Town.
Two more of our players have tested positive for Covid-19 and as a result we have withdrawn from the @EmiratesFACup and postponed our upcoming Vanarama National League matches away to FC Halifax Town and Aldershot Town. https://t.co/V4TOiDUm9u
— Notts County FC (@Official_NCFC) October 22, 2020
Two more of our players have tested positive for Covid-19 and as a result we have withdrawn from the Emirates FA Cup and postponed our upcoming Vanarama National League matches away to FC Halifax Town and Aldershot Town.
After four members of our squad tested positive for the virus last week, we scheduled another round of testing this Wednesday to identify any further infections.
Unfortunately this has resulted in two more positive results and, following consultation with the FA and National League’s medical officers, we have taken the difficult but responsible decision not to travel to King’s Lynn Town on Saturday and to temporarily halt our league campaign.
King’s Lynn will be awarded a bye to the first round and our trips to Halifax and Aldershot will be rearranged for later in the season. We would like to thank each club for their cooperation and understanding.
Our chief executive Jason Turner said: “Our thoughts are with the players affected by the virus, who are all receiving the best possible care and support to ensure they return to us safe and well.
“Naturally, we are incredibly disappointed to withdraw from the FA Cup – a competition, as past winners, we have a wonderful association with – but with only 14 available players and several positions we’re now unable to cover, on top of the clear risk of more infections coming to light in the coming days, it is only right that we take decisive action to cease training and playing for the time being.
“I am hugely proud of the way the club has conducted itself throughout the pandemic and would once again like to pay tribute to our owners, Chris and Alex Reedtz, for continuing to fund regular testing despite this not being mandatory, thus ensuring we are doing all we can to protect our players, staff and the wider public.
“Chris and Alex’s diligence has drawn huge praise from the authorities and allowed us to take informed decisions since the outbreak in March. With some of our infected players not displaying symptoms, our efforts have probably prevented us from unknowingly and irresponsibly spreading the virus to any of our aforementioned opponents.
“With no matches now scheduled until our home fixture against Stockport County on Wednesday 11 November, our focus is on minimising a further outbreak within the club, devising a return-to-play protocol for our affected players and helping our fit players maintain their conditioning remotely to ensure we’re ready to continue our strong start to the season next month.”
Our manager, Neal Ardley, added: “While I’m devastated that I won’t have the opportunity to put together a cup run for the club this season, the safety of my players, staff, the opposition and their families have to be the priority at this terrible time.
“As we’re all aware, it’s taken some people many months to recover from this illness and we therefore need to tread very carefully when it comes to rehabilitating our affected players.
“This is a new situation for everyone and I’m in close dialogue with our medical department to ensure we have careful and considered procedures in place.
“I’m hugely proud to represent a club that cares so strongly about its employees and community and I would like to join Jason in thanking our owners for their unwavering commitment to our safety.”
Meanwhile, Barnet’s FA Cup tie against Leiston is still set to go ahead despite 9 players and manager Peter Beadle missing the game due to Covid-19.
Fans reacted after learning that the National League side have chosen to pull out of the FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round…
Absolutely gutting news but we must think about the players that are effected.
Get Well Soon All ??
— Notts County History (@magpies_history) October 22, 2020
Aaaarrgh… nuts. ?
May I suggest we have a Notts County FC staff & players covid party? Everyone catch it in this 2 week window, get better, then we’ll never have to muck around testing the squad again.
— Tim (@mrcuthers) October 22, 2020
Get well soon lads.
— John Watson (@safetywatto) October 22, 2020
Wish those all affected speedy recovery… look forward hopefully to see you at the walks in December… ??
— dave (@dave36021388) October 22, 2020
Gutted but it’s the responsible thing to do. Best wishes to the players who tested positive.
— Jon Lowe (@ItsJonlowe) October 22, 2020
Well that’s just crap get well soon lads ?
— Andrew Briggs (@chogger5) October 22, 2020
Gutted is a understatement ☹️
— Joshua barnes (@barnes20017) October 22, 2020
Shouldn’t have recklessly played your game against Maidenhead, should you?
Barnet did the right thing in getting the match postponed against Hartlepool.
— Out of Context Barnet FC (@OOC_BarnetFC) October 22, 2020
Shocking news for the best. health welfare players staff more important than game football.
— Steve (@SteSsilver900) October 22, 2020