Concord make a stand over National League uncertainty

Concord Rangers Chairman, Antony Smith, has issued a statement to the Vanarama National League confirming the Canvey-based club will take part in no further fixtures until clear clarification is offered over financial support and COVID screening concerns.

The Beach Boys boss explained that having digested the findings of Wednesday’s National League meeting, the Canvey-based outfit would not be taking part in any further league fixtures until clarification was forthcoming regarding financial support both to the clubs as well as with the regular COVID testing of players and staff.

In the meantime, this weekends Vanarama National League South clash with Havant & Waterlooville will not go ahead. Indeed, Saturday’s opponents, have themselves added fuel to the fire, by announcing a ten-day isolation break, explaining that it’s not safe to play in this current climate and that they will not be playing next three fixtures.

A spokesperson for the Aspet Arena outfit told Yellow Sport; “The club doesn’t want null and void season – it’s against that outcome. However, we have two recommendations;

No loans – 100% grants.
Funding for COVID testing.

When this is met we will happily play again.

A number of clubs are believed to be supportive of Concord’s stance, although, at present, the National League expects its member clubs to fulfil fixtures and could punish them if deemed to have breached rule 8.39 with expulsion, a three-points deduction or a fine.

Initially, National League clubs believed grants would be available. However, confession heightened following a presentation to National League clubs regarding the Government’s Winter Survival Package, with views requested on the operation of a club loan process, the operation of a National League Loan and a suspension of the 2020/21 season.

Brian Jeeves

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