EFL Order Bolton To Play Remaining Two Fixtures After Players' Strike
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The EFL Board has ruled that Bolton must play their two remaining Championship matches this season after calling off a match with Brentford.

Saturday’s game against Brentford has been called off due to the Bolton players going on strike over unpaid wages – but the EFL has ruled that the game must be rearranged ‘at the earliest opportunity’.

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Bolton were relegated to League One last week after a troubled campaign, during which they have been beset by financial problems.

After their players announced on Friday that they would not play on Saturday in protest at the non-payment of wages, the game was eventually called off.

But the EFL issued a statement on Saturday morning, saying: “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 U18 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.

“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.”

Prospective new Bolton owner Laurence Bassini spoke to Sky Sports News on Friday – and said that he would be paying the players.

Bassini said: “I want the Bolton fans to know I’m not giving up on you and staying with you guys.

“It is going to be fine everybody. This club is going to be safe and secure. I’m not going to let anything happen to it.”