City’s season to continue during second lockdown

Placheta created space for City's attackers. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Placheta created space for City's attackers. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City’s Championship campaign will not be halted ahead of an upcoming national lockdown, the Football League confirmed on Saturday night.

Prime minister Boris Johnson announced stricter measures for England, due to the spiralling number of coronavirus cases, that will last for an entire month from next week at a Downing Street press conference on Saturday evening.

Johnson confirmed at that briefing the Premier League season would continue and the EFL released a statement afterwards outlining they will follow suit.

Norwich City’s top flight season was halted for months earlier in the year, but after beating Bristol City 3-1 on Saturday lunchtime there is no disruption to their upcoming Championship fixture programme.

The Canaries retweeted the EFL’s own social media post, which outlined the Football League’s position in a statement that read: ‘The EFL notes the difficult decision taken by the government in respect of the implementation of a ‘national lockdown’ in England from Thursday November 5 in response to the rising cases of COVID-19.

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‘During this next phase it has been confirmed to the League by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) that elite sport will be able to continue and EFL competitions will therefore remain as currently scheduled (in both England and Wales).

‘Professional football has implemented some of the most stringent, robust and regularly reviewed protocols since the restart in June 2020 and our medical experts’ advice remains in place to fully adhere to these measures which are specifically designed to mitigate against the spread of the virus.

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‘The health, safety and well-being of players and club staff throughout the pandemic has been our first priority and this will continue as we enter this next period of lockdown and beyond.

‘In addition, we acknowledge the government’s national efforts in tackling this outbreak and would hope that during this next phase of the crisis, our national sport, negatively affected by COVID-19 like many other industries, can continue to provide some form of welcome distraction and give people in our communities up and down the country a sense of normality in very challenging times.’

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