Bolton Wanderers v Ipswich Town to go ahead after Safety Advisory Group approval

University of Bolton Stadium
Bolton's next two Championship matches are at home - against Ipswich on Saturday and Middlesbrough on Tuesday

Bolton Wanderers' next two home matches against Ipswich Town and Middlesbrough will both go ahead as scheduled.

The region's Safety Advisory Group (SAG) had issued a ban on fans entering the University of Bolton Stadium for the two games on Saturday and Tuesday.

The club's non-playing staff have now received their March salaries, but Bolton's players released a statement to say they have still not been paid.

They are seeking support from the Professional Footballers' Association.

BBC Radio Manchester is reporting that the players returned to training on Thursday following a 48-hour strike on Monday in support of the club's workers.

"We are happy that our actions have resulted in the non-playing staff being paid their March salaries," read a statement released by the Championship club's players.

"Unfortunately none of the players or management staff have been paid yet and we have now asked the PFA and English Football League to deal with the situation on our behalf.

"We will now be focusing all of our attention on getting a result in Saturday's huge game against Ipswich."

Wanderers are 23rd in the Championship table with seven games remaining.

A spokesperson for SAG said: "We recognise that Bolton Wanderers Football Club is at the heart of our community and this has been a deeply regrettable situation.

"Partners are going above and beyond to put the plans in place to make sure games go ahead.

"Safety and security have always been our primary concern and we are pleased that the club has been able to reassure us that they are able to host the game in a safe manner."

What next in Bolton's takeover saga?

On Wednesday, Bolton were given until 8 May to settle an unpaid £1.2m tax bill at the High Court.

Lawyers for the financially stricken club said terms for the sale of Wanderers have been agreed and due diligence is under way, although they have withheld the identity of the prospective buyer.

Former Watford chairman Laurence Bassini is reported to have been at the hearing, where the club's barrister, Hilary Stonefrost, told the court: "The prospective purchaser is here."

She added that Bassini, whose controversial tenure at Vicarage Road lasted only 13 months, "has proof of funds".

Bassini declined to comment before he was driven away from the court in a Rolls-Royce, reports the Press Association.

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