Frome Town: We will not demand that our players travel in separate cars across the country to a Tier Four area
Southern League South Division side Frome Town have explained the reasons why they are refusing to travel to play Maidstone United in The FA Trophy Third Round tonight.
“Following the decision by The FA and DCMS the club has sought further advice and will not travel to tonight’s scheduled match against Maidstone United,” said a club statement.
“As a club our first thoughts have to be with the players, staff and officials of both teams who will be forced to play a match in Tier Four against wider Government restrictions.
“As a ‘non-elite’ team, we do not accept the decision of both bodies given all the news coverage and medical expert advice provided.
“We will not put families and lives at stake. It’s clear that no football match outside of the top level is Covid safe.
“We will not demand that our players travel in separate cars across the country to a Tier Four area.
“We have no clear indication of the insurance procedures and coverage either.
“We’ve also been truly shocked by some of the wider fan comments who have a very reckless view on Covid and its effects - but more disappointed at the collective decision that has been made.
“We are not withdrawing from the competition and believe The FA can still make a sensible decision to postpone until it is safe to play. We will await further communication from the FA.”
Visit Frome Town’s website: https://www.weareba11.com/post/fa-trophy-our-response-to-the-fa-decision