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EFL Order Bolton To Play Their Final Two Games Of The Season

The club will have to rearrange their match with Brentford, which was due to take place today (Saturday) as soon as they can.

The English Football League have told Bolton they will have to play their final two games of the Championship season.

The club will have to rearrange their match with Brentford, which was due to take place today, as soon as they can.

The players refused to play unless they were paid their wages for March.

April's payment is due this week. 

And the EFL says the club will have to make sure a team turns out for their game with Nottingham Forest next Sunday.

In a statement they've revealed that they would have ordered Wanderer's under 18's to play today if they hadn't only just played on Thursday.

Former Wanderers midfielder Gary Henshaw told Tower FM the players had no other option but to go on strike:

"They've been pushed to the point of no return really.  It is affecting people's lives now.

"It's not just a simple case of the wages are late, the wages are not getting paid and that is a big worry on the families."

The full statement from the EFL reads:

"Following the decision to suspend the fixture between Bolton Wanderers and Brentford late on Friday evening, the EFL Board has determined that Bolton Wanderers must complete their two outstanding matches in the Sky Bet Championship.

"The Club has been instructed to now make the appropriate arrangements for the rearrangement of Saturday’s game at the earliest opportunity.

"In issuing this directive, the Board is aware that a number of the Clubs’ Professional Players may not make themselves available but is satisfied that a team can be selected from the players they have registered and available to them.

"The EFL would have forced the Club to play this weekend’s fixture had the under-18 team not been involved in a game on Thursday and the potential player welfare issues this could have created for the Club in the longer term. This same issue will not reoccur as the Club is able to plan the players’ preparation and recovery time accordingly.

"We deeply regret having to make the decision to suspend Saturday’s game and apologise for the inconvenience this will cause for all those involved, particularly the supporters of both Bolton Wanderers and Brentford.

"As stated yesterday, as a result of Bolton Wanderers not meeting its fixture obligations as per EFL Regulations, the Club will now be charged with misconduct and be referred to an Independent Disciplinary Commission.

"Finally, the current ownership difficulties at the Club remain a significant concern for the EFL and we will look to work with both parties over the next week to bring all outstanding matters to a speedy conclusion. It should be recognised that the resolution is not in our hands but we will assist where possible, with the long term interests of Bolton Wanderers and its supporters, our priority."

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