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York City in the dark as rumors swirl about the 2019-20 season-ending

York City has confirmed they have yet to receive any official announcement from the National League about the proposed ending of the 2019-20 season.

The response of York City comes amid information that the governing body has required the Football Association to finish the season as soon as possible because of the coronavirus pandemic. York City is sitting at the top of National League North.

The National League board has stressed that the season needs to finish by canceling all remaining fixtures. Therefore, all divisions are currently postponed.

How the final standings will be determined depends on crunch talks between the league and the FA.

A York City statement read: “We want to clarify that we are yet to receive official information from the National League around the completion of the season.

“However, we would like to take this opportunity to assure fans that the club has made a strong case regarding how the season may be brought to a close, in light of York City FC’s position in the league.”

“In the meantime, stay safe and we will wait for official news and keep fans up to date as and when we receive information.”

Harrogate Town, the fate of York’s county neighbors, is in second place in the National League and also up in the air besides candidates Halifax Town.

Harrogate and leaders Barrow are reported to be promoted to the Football League while Fylde and Chorley to be relegated to National League North.

Chairman David Bosomworth said: “The National League has been in touch now and we have submitted all the information required from a contractual and financial perspective.

 “We were also questioned about our thoughts on the ending of the season, the answer is that we want to do so, for the club, the team, and the supporters.”

Meanwhile, Rotherham United have closed down their day-to-day operations and furloughed a number of non-playing staff.

The Millers took the decision based on the support system of the government amid the pandemic.

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York City vs Altrincham postponed due to Coronavirus fears

York City’s match against Altrincham scheduled for Saturday has been postponed, with members of both teams showing potential symptoms of the Coronavirus.

Despite several matches across the National League and National Leagues North and South set to go ahead, a joint decision was made by York and Altrincham to call off the game at Bootham Crescent.

A statement on the York City website posted late last night read: “York City and Altrincham have taken the joint decision to postpone their National League North fixture scheduled for tomorrow.

“This is due to employees of both teams recently self-isolating after showing potential symptoms of the COVID-19 virus.

Yesterday afternoon, the National League had stated that matches in its three divisions would proceed as planned.

This was in spite of matches in the Premier League, the Football League, and the Women’s Super League, amongst others, being postponed by the FA until Friday, April 3, at the earliest.

York City has also released another statement relating to coronavirus. Fans are asked to observe advice on handshakes and other interactions with players. Supporters displaying flu-like symptoms should stay at home.

The statement reads: “As a club, we have been closely monitoring the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak and are aligned with the most recent Government, FA and National League guidance.

“It’s important that the club, players and fans do their bit to help to reduce the risk of the spread of the virus, in a calm and informed way.

“Therefore, we have taken measures to improve hand-washing facilities at Bootham Crescent and ask that fans are mindful of the current situation, in relation to requesting handshakes, autographs, and pictures with players.

“With the health of players, fans and staff in mind, we would ask that anyone showing flu-like symptoms please stay at home.

“As and when we receive further information we will share with fans.”