SALFORD City will have to wait a little longer for their trip to Wembley.

The Ammies were scheduled to play Portsmouth at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, April 5, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic all football activity has been affected.

An initial date of Saturday, April 4 has been set for football to resume, which remains the case at the moment, however the final has been postponed with a new date yet to be confirmed by the EFL.

“This is appropriate given the scale and significance of the event to the football calendar, new sponsor, the EFL, both clubs involved and their supporters,” the league said in a statement.

“Over 50,000 tickets have been sold for the showpiece final, and the EFL does not want to be in a position whereby many thousands of supporters are forced to change their plans at late notice, so the decision has been taken in the best interest of all parties.

“All ticket holders will be notified of the new date as soon as possible.”

Salford fans who purchased tickets will be able to use them on the rearranged date. Should they not be able to attend, refunds will be available.

The same applies to supporters who had booked onto the club’s official coach travel.

The EFL also announced a £50million relief fund for clubs to try and mitigate the financial impact of the coronavirus crisis.

It is feared that several clubs could face administration – or worse – should the season remain on hiatus to an extended period but the bail-out is designed to ease the pressure on those who are hardest hit.

A statement from the EFL explained: “As part of the league’s continued contingency planning, the board heard the comments and observations from EFL Clubs, before discussing a number of issues including the current financial position and implications, insurance, regulatory matters and broadcasting arrangements.

“Discussions centred on financial relief for clubs in the short term and while there is no one single solution, measures are to be put in place to immediately assist with cash flow via a £50million short-term relief package.

“This fund consists of the remaining Basic Award payments being advanced to clubs immediately, with the remainder made up through interest-free loan facility available to clubs, calculated in line with the EFL’s Article of Associations.

“The cash injection is included as part of a series of measures, that includes potential Government support to help clubs and their associated businesses through this period of uncertainty. The EFL welcomes last night’s announcement made by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and is continuing discussions to understand how our clubs can access the funding made available to support businesses.

“In addition, we will continue our discussions with our football partners to determine how we can all get through this difficult, challenging and unprecedented situation.”

The league will continue to liaise with the government over when they will stage the remaining games but say they aim to “deliver a successful conclusion” to the campaign.