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Southern Counties East League keep their options open after third Covid lockdown

The Southern Counties East League say “all scenarios are up for discussion” with the football season on hold.

Directors held an online board meeting on Monday evening, before PM Boris Johnson’s lockdown announcement, to discuss the way forward.

Southern Counties East matches have been paused indefinitely Picture: Barry Goodwin
Southern Counties East matches have been paused indefinitely Picture: Barry Goodwin

In a statement, the league said all matches have “now been paused indefinitely” and any restart date will come with 14 days’ notice.

With Covid rife, and the country in lockdown until at least the middle of February, the football season is up in the air.

As a result, the league are keeping their options open.

“We know our clubs will look to the league for guidance on the way ahead but given the current climate it is not possible to set any guaranteed date of a return to playing games,” the statement said.

“All scenarios are up for discussion and we are fortunate that our chair, Denise Richmond, is also Step 5/6 FA Council representative and as such is regularly in contact with all Step 5/6 League chairs across the country and can give the board an extra insight into potential outcomes.

“The directors spent some time discussing various scenarios for the 2020/21 season.

“Although accepting that we cannot makes any decisions unilaterally as we are part of the NLS (National League System), we will continue to work on these possible scenarios before discussing further with clubs.

“We will call an all clubs meeting to be held virtually later this month to see if there is a consensus on the potential way forward to present to the FA.”

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