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Statement on behalf of Paul Appleton, joint administrator for Bolton Wanderers

19 August 2019

It is with real regret and a deepening sense of frustration that we have been forced to postpone tomorrow's fixture against Doncaster Rovers.

Whilst the possibility of EFL sanctions is obvious, nothing can be allowed to impact on the welfare of such a young group of players. With so many senior players injured or unavailable, the squad has performed heroically and deserves so much credit.
 
But after consultation with the club's medical staff as well as both academy and senior football management, it is obvious that to call on them for another match without an adequate break would be detrimental to both their welfare and development which cannot be allowed.
 
We were able to bring in reinforcements before the match against Coventry because the deal was so close to completion. Now, following recent events,  the legal position of various parties has altered which means a delay in completion. In this situation,  it is very difficult to attract available players to the club.
 
I will be discussing the implications with the EFL but in the meantime, I would call on all parties involved with the acquisition of the club and hotel to end this intolerable delay and secure once and for all the future of Bolton Wanderers.
 
Further details on reimbursement for any tickets sold for tomorrow's game will follow.

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