Slough Town have publicly communicated their concerns over the season currently continuing at Steps 1 and 2 of non-league.

The National League South club have called for the campaign to be temporarily suspended, at a time when the nation is entering a third lockdown since last March.

As part of a statement, the club say: “Now is the time once again where the footballing world must ask itself whether it can justify putting its people at risk. Is football essential?

“We have a duty of care to our players and managers, and that responsibility sits with the clubs as employers and not with The National League, The FA or the Government. We have in the last few weeks ramped up our protocols to the verge of obsessiveness, but we are feeling increasingly uncomfortable in asking our players to take what can only be seen as unnecessary risks.

“Our players have also expressed their concerns both for themselves and their families. Whilst the Government may say that there is no evidence to suggest that the virus spreads through football, there is no evidence to suggest that it does not.

“The stipulation that individuals only meet one other person outdoors counters that argument in our view. In essence, we are asking The National League Board to consider whether it is morally right to expect clubs to keep playing, given the position the country finds itself in.

“We appreciate the commercial issues and the impact of disruption on the higher leagues. We will fulfil our fixtures but we will do so under duress.

“We are simply asking The National League to consider the bigger picture with regard to the risk to life and acknowledge that right now, the health and safety of the players and their families is more important than football. To be clear, we are not asking for the season to end, but simply to be suspended temporarily so that all parties have time to reflect, plan, but more importantly, to put people first.”

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