Macclesfield claim League Two clash against Plymouth will go ahead… despite EFL stating it’s been postponed

The EFL confirmed late on Friday evening that the fixture was definitely off after Macclesfield failed to secure a safety certificate.

It means the Silkmen face further sanctions from the governing body, having been deducted six points by an independent disciplinary commission on Thursday, with a further four suspended.

They failed to fulfil the fixture against Crewe on December 7 and now Saturday’s clash with Argyle has also fallen by the wayside after the club were issued with a zero capacity notice by the local Safety Advisory Group, meaning no supporters could attend.

Macclesfield could, in theory, have played the match behind closed doors but that is against EFL regulations.

An EFL statement read: “The notice was served by the SAG on Thursday and the club, with the assistance of the EFL, had spent the intervening 24 hours working on a solution in respect of the outstanding inspections and tests required at the Moss Rose Stadium that would ensure the capacity was reinstated.

“Despite making significant progress the SAG is not satisfied all its requirements have been met and have maintained the capacity of the stadium at zero, resulting in the club informing the League it would not be in a position to fulfil the fixture with supporters in attendance.

“The club did request to play behind closed doors, however on consideration, as per the provisions in regulation 33.1, the EFL did not agree to the request.

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