Steps 3 and 4 league boards believe season should be voided

The boards of all three Steps 3 and 4 leagues believe the season should be “declared null and void”.

However, that decision will not be taken just yet and might not happen as the FA are going to be asking for the views of clubs from Steps 3 to 6 on what should happen.

Null and void would be hugely controversial for the second year running, simply because all the hard work put in by clubs since football resumed in August.

The North West Counties League chairman Paul Lawlor has already suggesting freezing the Divisions and picking up the current season up again in August.

A statement said: “The board of the Northern Premier League has, together with our fellow Trident Leagues, reviewed the implications of the latest Government lockdown. The matter was also discussed at length by the FA’s Alliance Committee earlier this week.

“In order to reach a decision that will apply across Steps 3 & 4 in the National League System, and which is informed by the views of all clubs at Steps 3 & 4, clubs will shortly be asked by the Football Association to provide their views on whether the 2020/21 season should be terminated and, if not, what the alternative should be.

“Independent of that survey, all three of the Trident League’s boards hold the view that the season should cease immediately and be declared null and void. 

“The ultimate decision lies with The FA Council, following a proposal made by the Alliance Committee but no proposal will be drafted until clubs’ views have been collated and assessed. 

“In the meantime, the Northern Premier League is postponing all fixtures up to and including Saturday 6th March since there is no suggestion that the national lockdown will be lifted prior to this date. 

“The League will continue to provide its Member Clubs with updates as and when it is able to do so.”

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