‘You’re a joke,’ ‘100% correct’ – Bolton ruling and subsequent EFL appeal divides fan opinion

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The EFL have announced they will appeal the decision of an independent disciplinary commission they themselves set up to rule on Bolton’s cancelling of their fixture with Doncaster Rovers in August.

The Trotters cancelled the fixture without the knowledge of the EFL or Rovers, citing welfare concerns of their young players who were forced to start the League One campaign after financial troubles and a protracted takeover left the Lancashire outfit with just a handful of senior players.


The EFL have stated they will appeal on the grounds they feel the commission’s punishment of a part suspended fine and a suspended points deduction is ‘too lenient when consideration is given to all the circumstances of the case.’

They then add: ‘Given the potential for postponements to have a significant impact on competition integrity and, following receipt of advice overnight on the reasons provided, the League will appeal the outcome in the strongest possible sense.’

Fans are seriously divided over this issue. Many, especially Bolton fans, feel the club has been punished enough after starting the season on minus twelve points following their plunge into administration. Other supporters think the integrity of the league is under threat by the decision and for once; the EFL is getting some positive reaction to the action they have taken.

However, an organisation appealing the decision of a panel they set up is never a good look and accusations of incompetence and negligence are widespread.

Here is a small selection of responses to the EFL statement on Twitter, which illustrates the strength of feeling and the division amongst fans on this issue.




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