Accrington Stanley chairman tells EFL to “shove it” after Covid-related fine

Andy Holt, the owner of League One club Accrington Stanley, has hit out at the English Football League in a series of extraordinary posts on social media this Tuesday

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Accrington Stanley chairman Andy Holt has launched an astonishing attack on the English Football League.

The Stanley owner posted a series of tweets on social media this Tuesday, announcing his club had been fined due to Covid-related reasons without going into details.

However, posting on Twitter, Holt originally wrote: “Just been told @EFL fined us £7,000 because of covid. Watching that @AlJazeera documentary last night you’d have thought they’d have better things to do.

“Rub up.”

The Al-Jazeera documentary that Holt referred to is The Men Who Sell Football, which was broadcast on Monday.

It is understood that the EFL worked with Accrington to resolve the matter and the decision was agreed upon, with the club accepting the sanction and agreeing to it.

In a later tweet, responding to another post from a user asking why the fine was dished out, Holt added: “Because they’re hopeless.

“I pay to keep this club going through covid and they’re fining me.

“They can shove it.”

Accrington, like many clubs, suffered a Covid outbreak last season, which led to a clutch of league matches being called off during October and November.

At the time, Holt said: “We are understandably disappointed to be missing these games in what is an already unusual season without fans in the stadium.

“The club is following Public Health England and the EFL’s Covid-19 protocols and all the first-team players and management will isolate for the required period.

“Thankfully all those affected appear to be showing minor symptoms and we wish them all a speedy recovery.”

Accrington were well-placed for an assault on the play-offs at the time but ended up finishing the season with a congested schedule and ended up 11th.

Accrington Stanley chairman Andy Holt


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Stanley were in EFL Cup action this Tuesday at Rotherham United and in the build-up to that match against their fellow League One side, Holt continued his outburst.

He wrote further posts, saying: “They’re (EFL) a joke shop.

“Apparently we managed it wrong with 34 other clubs. Cost £500k to keep the s*** on the road whilst they were working from home.

“Shove football, sell it to crooks.”

Holt continued to post in the build-up to Tuesday’s game, adding a further tweet saying: “Folk that can’t run a bath fining folk that can.”

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