200313 | Announcements
It goes without saying that the unprecedented but unavoidable decision to shut-down the Elite league early, in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, has led to a large volume of enquiries from all quarters.
The implications of the league-wide decision are enormous and many aspects will be under review over the coming days. You can expect more announcements next week. In the meantime we thank you for your patience.
Today’s league statement read as follows:
ELITE LEAGUE CANCELS ALL MATCHES FOR REST OF SEASON
Bosses at the ten Elite League clubs have cancelled all matches with immediate effect.
League chiefs had hoped to complete the regular season and in the wake of last evening’s government guidelines, based on the up-to-the-minute scientific advice to allow sporting fixtures to continue, that seemed possible.
League bosses staged an emergency conference call after the Government’s latest announcement on the coronavirus outbreak. Impending restrictions on crowd sizes in Scotland were an issue that was being further considered overnight.
However, since then two teams have now reported they have players in self-isolation purely as a precaution but the health and safety of our fans, players and staff has to be paramount.
In the wake of that news the Elite league has no choice but to shut down the rest of the season.
The league feels it has taken its ‘can-do, will-do’ efforts to the limit and whilst the outcome is sure to disappoint fans across the country there was no alternative in these unprecedented times.
We are confident everyone will understand the rationale behind the league’s decision.
Further announcements will follow next week.