Northern Premier League suspends all fixtures with immediate effect
All Northern Premier League fixtures have been suspended with immediate effect due to the escalating Covid-19 outbreak.
No potential return date has yet been set by the league.
The news means Tuesday’s game between South Shields and Morpeth Town at Mariners Park has been postponed, with no rearranged date set.
In the meantime, the club will continue to make tickets for upcoming matches available to buy online and they will be valid for any rearranged dates.
A statement from the league said: “The Northern Premier League has today decided, reluctantly, to suspend all fixtures until further notice in light of the escalating Covid-19 outbreak.
“The League would like to congratulate the players, officials, volunteers and fans of clubs able to stage games at the weekend and notes the excellent attendances at those fixtures.
“Whilst the primary responsibility of the League is to the financial sustainability of its member clubs, the number of clubs reporting players or officials in self-isolation has now reached a point at which continuing to play games would severely undermine the integrity of the competition.
“In consultation with the partners Eliteform, all NPL Football Academy fixtures have also been suspended until further notice.
“The NPL is well aware that clubs and fans need clarity around whether the 2019-20 season is to be suspended temporarily or permanently, and the full implications of either eventuality.
“The NPL will be working with the other Alliance Leagues and the Football Association, to assess the various options and to agree a way forward.
“As soon as we are able to, we will share that information with member clubs and their supporters.”