The punishment Bolton Wanderers will receive for the postponement of two of their games earlier this year will not be announced until next week, The Sun journalist Alan Nixon has reported.
Wanderers are currently facing charges relating to their final home game of last season against Brentford, which was never played and the Bees awarded a 1-0 win, after a strike by Bolton’s players over unpaid wages, and a safety prohibition notice put against the club’s stadium.
The postponement of the club’s game at home to Doncaster in early August – which is still to be played after Bolton called off the original fixture due to concerns over the welfare of young players who were filling in in the absence of a senior side at the time – also forms part of the charges.
It had recently been reported by the Bolton News that a decision would on what punishment the club will receive would be announced on Friday, following a meeting of an independent disciplinary commission to discuss the case on Thursday.
According to the latest reports from Nixon however, that decision is not going to be confirmed until next week, extending the uncertainty there is currently surrounding the club.
Bolton. Points penalty decision won’t be until next week …
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) November 14, 2019
It is thought that those around Bolton had initially been preparing themselves for a three-point deduction for the Brentford postponement, but that the events around the Doncaster match mean that is no longer certain.
Wanderers are currently bottom of League One on minus two points, having started the season with a separate 12 point deduction for entering administration earlier in the year.
Keith Hill’s side are next in action on Saturday afternoon, when they host struggling MK Dons at The University of Bolton Stadium.
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While a points deduction seems inevitable, it is worth noting that the vast majority of those on the playing and management side of the club, were not actually there when these postponements happened.
Furthermore, the fact that this punishment is still yet to be announced means there is continuing uncertainty around Bolton, since they do still not know the exact situation they are in.
Once that has been confirmed, they can at least then fully focus on the hugely challenging task of avoiding relegation this season.