Crewe Alexandra boss David Artell has passionately defended the club after the game on Tuesday 13th v Oxford Utd was called off.
Artell took expectation of what he has described as the clubs “integrity being questioned” by Oxford manager Karl Robinson.
In an update issued by the club, they explained the situation around the late postponement of the match.
On Tuesday, Crewe Alexandra had no positive cases of Covid-19, no first-team players or staff reporting any symptoms and no players were self-isolating after serving their quarantine period as set by the Government guidelines. Owen Dale and Oli Finney were both available for selection for the Oxford game and Crewe did not break any Covid rules.
Artell says that the EFL did not provide the club with a reason to why the game could not go ahead and he revealed that Crewe, through our club doctor, sought official clarification from the EFL for Omar Beckles to play against Wigan Athletic on Saturday.
Beckles was given that clearance by the EFL medical department to be available for selection.
Artell also revealed that all his players and staff have now all been tested again this week and the club have received no positive results. Everyone is clear to play against Blackpool tomorrow, as they were for Tuesday’s game at Oxford.
The disruption that has caused has evidently affected Artell’s plans for training this week.
Speaking to the club Artell said:
I don’t have an answer for why the game was postponed. That is the honest truth. You are asking the wrong man. Karl Robinson in Oxford seems to be the man with all the answers with the words he spoke in the press this week.
He questioned the integrity of me and this football club and I think what he has said is a disgrace. It has been all falsehoods, fake news is the modern term, to get that game postponed.
We had no positive cases, no-one was ill and we were made to say we couldn’t play and I was livid. I am still livid.
Artell took particular annoyance with Oxford Manager Karl Robbinson, Artell said:
Karl was there talking about the government, the EFL and wanting the three points to their press. I am not having that at all. He didn’t have the facts and if he did, he chose to ignore it. If it is about propaganda and making us out to be the bad guys, then so be it, but I know what went on Tuesday and it is wrong.
He is there phoning my players, one of them has never even played for him! He just rang him randomly. He is ringing my players on the day of a game. Why are you doing that? I have never heard about it as a player or as a manager. It is ridiculous.
Artell went onto say:
I completely understand the first postponement because no-one could foresee that happening on the day of the game, but Tuesday was nothing like that.
I understand that the EFL act cautiously but there has to be some justification to it and not just based on falsehoods and accusations from another football club and them kicking off.
That is what happens when you cannot test. We have been tested again this week because of this and we have had them all back, players and staff…all negative. I bet there are not many EFL clubs that have been tested twice in two weeks that is for sure.
That makes it even more disgusting because we were ready to play a game of football on Tuesday and for whatever reason, someone didn’t want to play. You will have to ask him.
We haven’t broken one rule and even the police were involved I am told. Thankfully they came back with no case to answer, like we thought they would. The way this club has been criticised this week is unjust and at times you have to fight back and say what is being said or what has been said is wrong.
Crewe take on Blackpool this weekend in an EFL League 1 game at Gresty Road.