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FINE: Club fined £7,000 for COVID-19 outbreak

The Reds have been fined £7,000 by the EFL after having four games called off in October last season

11 August 2021

Accrington Stanley have been fined £7,000 by the EFL after having four games called off in October last season due to the pandemic.

The Reds had 19 players and management testing positive for COVID-19 and had to isolate for the required period, following Public Health England and EFL's COVID-19 protocols.

The fine will be taken out of the money distributed to clubs every season.

Owner Andy Holt admitted it was hard to take.

"We got told we were being investigated for COVID-19 and the EFL have fined everybody who had to postpone games.

"I said I didn't agree with it at the time and I don't now.

"I was battling to keep the club afloat, like many owners, and we wanted a 'well done' for getting through a tough period, with many clubs at risk of going under, rather than face fines.

"We had little income, no fans and the EFL thought it was fit and proper to fine us which I find hard to take.

"I never really wanted to own a football club but this really does make you think about it. I have been putting money in over the pandemic to keep Accrington Stanley alive and then we get fined.

"It riles me as I don't want to pay but I have no choice as it comes out of our distribution.

"If I didn't agree to pay it then it would go to a hearing and we would be forced to pay more so, even though I don't want to, I have to.

"To quote the EFL, if we don't agree, we can challenge it but we will lose around 15 times more. This annoys me. You agree or they use funds that should be distributed to clubs, to fight against their own clubs."


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