SALFORD City will NOT be going to Wembley as scheduled, after the EFL decided to postpone the Leasing.com Trophy Final but committed to finishing the season.

The Ammies were originally scheduled to return to action at the national stadium on April 5, the weekend that the Football League and Premier League suspension was due to end following the coronavirus pandemic.

However, after a lengthy board meeting on Wednesday the EFL announced that Salford’s final with Portsmouth would be put on hold.

This was followed by yesterday's Premier League emergency board meeting, after which it was announced the suspension would be extended until at least April 30.

Salford manager Graham Alexander was not surprised by the decision, saying: “It is an unprecedented time, and it’s changing hour by hour, but at the bottom of it I would hope we would get to play all our league games, and the final.

“Getting those games up and running when it is safe to do so will take precedence, and rightly so.

“Even if it is behind closed doors.

“Cup finals and cup competitions, you either win them or you don’t, and that’s where it ends. But it would be a nightmare certainly in the league programmes with promotion and relegation if those games weren’t played.

“It would be different situations for everyone to handle if the season isn’t completed at some point or other.

“If we were 10 to 15 games in it might be a different story, but because we are so far in, with nine or 10 games left, it would be a shame not to finish it.

“Obviously there are bigger things going on in the world, but I think the repercussions would continue for a long time.”

An EFL statement read: “The primary objective, in order to protect competition integrity, is to deliver a successful conclusion to the 2019/20 season, subject to the over-riding priority around health and well-being.”

Alexander also welcomed the announcement of a £50million relief package from the EFL to help clubs struggling financial during the hiatus.

“There are clubs in different situations financially,” he said.

“As long as we are playing games clubs will be able to survive and get through this tough period, but without games for an unlimited amount of time it’s very difficult.”

Tickets already purchased for the final will be valid for the re-arranged fixture. Once the new date is confirmed, anyone unable to attend the game, then details about how to refund will be made available.