NEWPORT County AFC manager Michael Flynn would not want to see matches played behind closed doors as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

Sports bodies met with government ministers on Monday at a meeting chaired by the department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to discuss contingency plans in relation to Covid-19.

Playing matches without fans present at stadiums is one possible plan, while postponing fixtures and delaying the end of the season is another option.

“I wouldn’t want to play behind closed doors,” said Flynn after Tuesday's 2-0 defeat at Carlisle United.

“It’s an entertainment game and we all enjoy the atmosphere created by the supporters – home and away.

“So what’s the point in playing a game behind closed doors?

“And I don’t know about extending the season because then it goes on and on and affects next season.

“Let’s just wait and see what happens over the next few weeks.”

South Wales Argus:

Gary Neville, the joint-owner of League Two side Salford City, would rather the season be delayed than games played behind closed doors.

“I do NOT support matches played behind closed doors,” the former England and Manchester United defender said on Twitter.

“If it’s necessary to shut down stadiums the associations must find a way of delaying the season and playing the games when it is safe to do so to protect the revenues for clubs that require this income to survive.”

The EFL announced before the weekend’s fixtures that there would be no pre-match handshakes between players and match officials until further notice.

A statement added: “The EFL continues to remain in regular dialogue with the government regarding the ongoing developments and is being appraised on a regular basis of developments that could potentially impact our clubs and competitions

“We will continue to provide EFL clubs with updates and advice as it is issued to ensure that they have all the relevant up-to date information so that they can continue to advise their players, staff and supporters.”

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