Spennymoor Town have confirmed they have voted for a null and void outcome to the season.
The National League North club have explained their reasoning in a statement:
“All of the decisions the club has made throughout the global health crisis have been guided by one key principle: ensuring the safety of our players, staff, volunteers and supporters. Therefore, the primary reason for the club’s decision is on the grounds of safety.
“The league’s decision to suspend the season was the correct one, considering the spread of infection and lack of protection for players and officials. However, the league is now proposing to restart with no testing protocol in place, despite infection rates still considered to be out of control.
“Additionally, there is now an unsurmountable pile-up of fixtures to complete, which is not sensible given the country’s current situation. It would mean exposing players to risk up to three times per week, which is not acceptable.
“Spennymoor Town is a semi-professional football club, many of whose players have primary forms of employment which would be impacted by them risking transmission on the football pitch multiple times per week, let alone the risk that poses to their families. Finally, the argument over funding has not reached a resolution.
“We were promised ongoing funding to allow football to take place earlier in the season, which now looks to have been incorrect information. We would like to thank the National Lottery for the important £10m cash injection which has allowed us to reach this point.
“However, continuing without grants means that there is financial risk involved in resuming the league for many clubs.”