Barrow manager Ian Evatt has been giving his reaction to the suspension of the game and the subsequent uncertainty for clubs and the current season.

Evatt’s Bluebirds are currently leading the way in the Vanarama National League by four points, with nine of their league games remaining. On the league announcing its fixtures would be suspended until at least 3rd April, Evatt told the club’s website: “I was surprised it wasn’t called off on Friday. I just thought that with football, the way decisions were made on Friday in terms of the Premier League and EFL, that the National League would naturally come in line with those.

“However, I do understand the reasons behind playing on. I think they were waiting for something like today where the government has basically said that everything needs to stop.

“So in terms of claiming money back for small clubs and small businesses, it will be a lot easier if they stuck to government protocol.”

On the prospect of games being played behind closed doors, he said: “In my opinion, that would be a waste of time, and it’s only my opinion. For example, with my football club, we haven’t been in the Football League for 48 years, there is a lot on the line, and I can’t imagine that there will be no Barrow fans turning up outside the ground like at the PSG game the other day.

“There is no way they are going to stay away, regardless of what the government sa,y and in that case, you’re going to need policing, doctors, and it just goes against everything the government are saying in terms of that we need all of those professionals to be with the NHS getting over this virus and not at football grounds.”