AFC Portchester have released the following statement regarding the game against Portland United and the ongoing coronavirus situation.
As things stand this evening (Friday, March 13), our Sydenhams Wessex League Premier Division home game against Portland United on Saturday, March 14, will be going ahead.
We look forward to welcoming spectators to The Crest Finance Stadium but we ask that everyone follows the current government and NHS guidance regarding the coronavirus situation.
We want everyone to enjoy the games while they continue to be played, so please think about your own health and those around you when attending matches at the present time.
We recommend that spectators read the latest information about the virus and how to protect yourself by visiting the website https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
If you are feeling unwell please do not attend the game. You can use the NHS 111 online service to check if you need further medical help - visit the website https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19
The following statement was issued by the Sydenhams Wessex League this evening:
This weekend at least it’s business as usual with the fixtures.
There’s clear guidelines published and available on the web on what individuals should do.
The FA issue daily statements, on receipt of these we will follow their advice and act accordingly.
The following statement was issued by the Football Association this evening:
Following today's joint announcement with the Premier League and EFL regarding the suspension of professional football in England, we have issued a further update.
We are fully aware that there are questions about whether grassroots football in England should be played because of the Covid-19 virus.
Consistent with Government advice, we are recommending that grassroots football is able to continue as usual for now, with each league or centre making its own individual decision based on its local situation and the availability of players and officials.
However, we would fully respect and support any leagues, centres or teams that wish to postpone fixtures in light of the Covid-19 virus.
The decision to postpone all professional football in England has been taken with the integrity of the competitions in mind, considering the availability of players, staff and facilities.
We will continue to monitor all Government advice and keep the situation under constant review, with the priority being the health and wellbeing of all.
Further updates will follow as needed.
We hope that everyone has a safe and healthy visit to the Crest Finance Stadium on Saturday.