Exmouth Town’s next two games are called off due to Covid-19

PUBLISHED: 12:40 06 October 2020 | UPDATED: 12:40 06 October 2020

The Exmouth Town flag that can be seen at home and away games. Picture MARTIN COOK

The Exmouth Town flag that can be seen at home and away games. Picture MARTIN COOK

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Exmouth Town have been forced to call off their next two games owing to an outbreak of Covid-19

Exmouth Town’s Wednesday night Toolstation Western League Premier Division meeting with Plymouth Parkway and Saturday’s FA Vase tie at Sherborne Town have both been postponed owing to an outbreak of Covid-19 that has affected a member of the club.

Town released a statement this morning (Tuesday) which read:

‘As a result of a positive COVID 19 test within the Exmouth Town squad we have notified the Western League and the FA

The Western League have advised that we must postpone the forthcoming games against Plymouth Parkway and Sherbourne Town.

A decision regarding the Tavistock game will be made nearer the time

The squad have been informed and advised to take appropriate actions regarding self-isolating and seek medical advice if symptoms develop

We will also be in touch with Bradford Town to advise them of the situation’. Bob Chard (Exmouth Town FC Covid-19 manager)

It is not known yet as to what happens with regard to the Town involvement in this season’s FA Vase competition.

Here’s what the Football Association offer up with regard to the FA Vase competition and Covid-19

RULES OF THE FA CHALLENGE VASE COMPETITION (“the Competition”)

COVID-19 has created great uncertainty for both football and society at large and The Association is not currently able to predict the impact that COVID-19 will have on the Competition in the 2020-21 season. In the Competition Rules for the 2020-21 season, The Association has addressed some of the potential issues that may occur (both in new Rule 35 and by way of amendments to existing Competition Rules). However, it is possible that further changes will be required to the Competition Rules or associated documents during the season (in particular, to address any guidance issued by the government or Public Health England or any replacement body (“PHE”)). If Competition Rule changes are required, they will be communicated to the Clubs participating in the Competition as soon as reasonably possible.

Any references in these Competition Rules to COVID-19 shall also be deemed to include any alternative coronavirus or epidemic or pandemic affecting the Competition during the 2020- 21 season.

And the rule that does specifically apply to matches being cancelled/postponed/abandoned owing to Coivd-19, reads:

(f) If a Club may not be able to compete in a match on the date scheduled for the match for reasons due to COVID-19 (including but not limited to on the basis that a significant number of its players have tested positive for, or are showing symptoms of, COVID-19 or a local lockdown has been imposed which prevents the Club from playing), it must inform The Association as soon as it becomes aware of the relevant circumstances. In such circumstances, and subject to Rule 11 below, the National Game Board shall take such action as it deems appropriate (in its absolute discretion).

11. RESCHEDULED, POSTPONED AND ABANDONED MATCHES (MATCHES PLAYED PRIOR TO THE SEMI-FINALS)

(a) Postponed and rescheduled matches (i) Subject to Rule 9(c), the default date for playing a Round is a Saturday. (ii) If the competing Clubs are not able to play the match at the ground of the Home Club on the scheduled or agreed date, due to COVID-19 or for any other reason, the Clubs can agree to: a. play the match at the ground of the Visiting Club or an alternative ground on the original date; or b. postpone or reschedule the match (to be played at the ground of either the Home Club, the Visiting Club or an alternative ground) to another date within eight days of the date fixed for playing the round (the “Postponement Window”), provided that in each case the consent of The Association has been obtained. (iii) It is in the interests of both Clubs to mutually agree on arrangements, and consider having alternative options, such as back-up date and 3G Football Turf pitch on standby to ensure the match can be played within the Postponement Window. (iv) If the Clubs cannot agree on a date for the postponed or rescheduled match, the default date is the Tuesday in the Qualifying Competition, First and Second Rounds Proper and the Saturday in the Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Rounds Proper. If a match cannot be played on either a Tuesday or Saturday due to a ground sharing agreement, the default date is the Wednesday or Sunday (as appropriate).

(v) If the Clubs are not able to reschedule and play the match within the Postponement Window, the Clubs will have no further opportunity to reschedule the match. If one Club is not able (or willing) to compete in the match within the Postponement Window, that Club will be deemed to have forfeited the match and withdrawn from the Competition and, subject to Rule 34, its opponent shall be deemed eligible to participate in the next round of the Competition. If both Clubs are not able (or willing) to compete in the within the Postponement Window, both Clubs will be deemed to have forfeited the match and withdrawn from the Competition and, subject to Rule 34, there will be one bye in the next round of the Competition. (vi) If one or both Clubs are not able or willing to compete in a match within the Postponement Window, the relevant Club shall submit the reasons why it was not able or willing to compete in the match to the National Game Board. The National Game Board (or a subcommittee of the same) shall determine (at its absolute discretion) whether the Club shall receive the loser’s share of the prize money in respect of the match, whether both Clubs shall share the prize money in respect of the match and whether one or both Clubs shall be deemed to have forfeited the match and withdrawn from the Competition (as appropriate). (b) Abandoned Matches When any match has been abandoned after it has commenced but before it has been completed, the National Game Board shall deal with the matter as it sees fit in its absolute discretion. (c) The National Game Board shall have the power to vary these arrangements if it is deemed necessary.


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