WIGAN FIXTURE TO GO AHEAD AS SCHEDULED

Salford Red Devils can confirm tonight’s fixture against Wigan Warriors will go ahead as scheduled.

The club has received an update from the RFL, regarding coronavirus covid-19.

RFL Statement:

“We note the unilateral decision by the Premier League and EFL to suspend football fixtures, returning on 4th April (subject to medical advice and conditions at the time) due to a number of confirmed positive cases that have been confirmed in football clubs.

“We understand that following confirmed cases and in line with the current advice from the Government’s Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Adviser this requires those people in close contact with confirmed cases to self-isolate – inevitably this includes other players and coaching staff therefore making the continuation of fixtures challenging.

“As you know, we have been in continual dialogue with DCMS on this matter, including again this morning and on the basis of there being no confirmed cases reported to us by our clubs, fixtures remain in place for the coming weekend. At all times the RFL has followed and is following the Government’s guidance as requested.

“We will of course monitor the position carefully for any changes and communicate in due course should any update be required.”

Salford Red Devils request all supporters avoid unnecessary physical contact with each other and players at tonight’s match.

We recognise the desire of fans to show their appreciation, but request this is done through applause, rather than hugs, handshakes, high-fives, or selfies.

Due to this precaution, Dr Devil will not be present at tonight’s fixture, as the club mascot has regular contact with all parts of the crowd. Mascots will also not be walking out alongside players ahead of kick-off.

The club would also like to take this opportunity to emphasise the importance of continued sensible hygiene.

In addition to the existing antibacterial soap in all washrooms at the AJ Bell Stadium, there will now be additional sanitiser stations inside the grounds and increased cleaning schedules have been introduced.

While there may be an increased impact on Super League fixtures in the coming weeks, there is currently no government recommendation on restricting large public events. Cancellations to other events have occurred in relation to workforce contact, which has not impacted tonight’s fixture.

Salford Red Devils would like to reaffirm the latest guidance for all supporters with flu-like symptoms to self-isolate. The most common symptoms are: a new continuous cough, or a high temperature (37.8 degrees or higher).

Read the full NHS guidance: NHS.uk/coronavirus