Grimsby Town have accepted the Agreed Decision of the EFL relating to the postponement of three matches earlier in the season.
The penalty is a fine of £4,800 suspended until 30 June 2021 and not to be implemented if no further breach of Covid Protocols. The Club are also to pay the EFL costs. Reference is made to paying reasonable expenses incurred by opposition but there were none.
Prior to the return to training the Club prepared Protocols which were approved by the EFL. Players and training ground staff (the only personnel allowed to be at the training ground under EFL Protocols) were given a half day training on the Protocols and the necessity to comply with them at all times. Regrettably there were breaches of these Protocols which meant that when one player who had had contact with others had a positive test this required all the players to self-isolate.
The Board accepts that ultimately it is responsible for the actions and conduct of players and staff and so accepted the EFL Agreed Decision.